Does Cancer Run in Your Family?
If members of your family have had cancer, you might be at an increased risk of getting it yourself. It’s estimated that 5 percent of all cancers are due to a specific inherited syndrome, and approximately 10 perent of cancers run in families (Source: American Cancer Society). Additionally, about 20 to 30 percent of cancers are due to a combination of genetics and environment.
As a part of UT Southwestern’s Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moncrief Cancer Institute offers the only research-based clinical program in North Texas with testing and genetic counseling for all types of cancer.
When a patient inherits a faulty gene (or several) from a family member, he or she might have a higher risk for developing certain cancers. Genetic testing can help patients determine that risk. Genetic counseling helps families understand the information they find and their options going forward.
The information patients gain from understanding their hereditary cancer risk might impact treatment decisions for family members who already have cancer and can help determine if other relatives are at an increased risk of developing cancer.
Through this program, board-certified genetic counselors can help you find out your risks of developing cancer. If an increased risk of cancer is discovered, we can recommend certain preventive measures to reduce your chances of actually developing the disease. Genetic testing can also give you peace of mind if you find out that you don’t have an increased risk of developing cancer.