Who should consider genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling and testing can clarify your cancer risk and may help guide healthcare decisions. You and your family may benefit from genetic counseling if:

  • You or a member of your family has been diagnosed with cancer at a young age (before 50)
  • You or a member of your family have had multiple primary tumors or bilateral cancer (for example, cancer that occurs in both breasts)
  • You have two or more family members who have been diagnosed with cancer, especially if it is the same type of cancer and they are from the same side of your family
  • Someone in your family has been found to have a mutation in a gene that increases cancer risk (for example: BRCA1, BRCA2, PTEN, MLH1, MSH2, APC)
  • You are concerned about your family history of cancer

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