The Genetic Counseling and Testing Department at New York Hospital Queens provides services to individuals and families who are being evaluated for an inherited predisposition to cancer. While the majority of cancer cases are not strongly hereditary, approximately 5-10% of cancers occur because of an inherited genetic mutation (a problem with the body’s instructions) that makes that person more likely to develop cancer. Common examples of inherited predispositions to cancer include Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (BRCA gene mutations) and Lynch syndrome (causes an inherited risk to colorectal, uterine, and other cancers). However, there have been multiple genes linked to various types of cancers.
For who is genetic counseling appropriate?
There are certain factors that are suggestive of hereditary cancer. If an individual has one or more ‘red flags’ for hereditary cancer in their personal or family history (regardless of whether they have ever had cancer), genetic counseling may be appropriate for them. These include, but are not limited to:
What is the role of a cancer genetic counselor?
To find out if genetic counseling and/or testing may be appropriate for you, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, you may consult your doctor or call (718) 670-1322 for more information.