An estimated 5-10 percent of breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers is caused by mutations in a person’s genetic information and can be passed from generation to generation. DeKalb Medical provides the most thorough genetic risk assessment in Georgia to help you understand if you have genetic risk factors for cancer.
A sophisticated blood test tells patients if they have genetic risk factors and gives them the knowledge they need to make appropriate screening, prevention and lifestyle management decisions. This is not a test for cancer: it is a test that can tell you if a higher risk for breast, ovarian or colorectal cancer runs in your family. Knowing your risk can help you and your doctor make better, more informed decisions about your health, before cancer has a chance to develop. Also, women already diagnosed with cancer may be able to prevent a second cancer. Click here for a copy of DeKalb Medical's Genetic Risk Assessment brochure.
One organization that DeKalb Medical partners with to provide valuable genetic risk information is FORCE, which stands for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. FORCE is the only national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Its mission includes support, education, advocacy, and promoting awareness and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Because of privacy concerns, FORCE doesn't require formal membership or disclosure of any personal information. Visitors to their website come from around the world and represent many facets of the community concerned with cancer, including patients, families, healthcare providers, educators, media, and the general public. You can also find information on their website regarding a local chapter support group. Click here to visit their site now.
A personalized genetic risk assessment can help identify individuals who have genetic risk factors and are at higher risk for certain types of hereditary cancers. If indicated, a free appointment for a more detailed discussion of the pros and cons of genetic testing, prevention strategies and a DNA test can be made for you. Most insurance plans cover the cost of DNA testing if your personal or family history meets basic genetic risk criteria. Call 404.501.7778 to talk to the Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Specialist in the Cancer Center or to request an appointment to evaluate your genetic risk factors.