The Cancer Genetics Program provides counseling and testing for people who may be at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are due to inherited, or genetic, factors. These include breast, colorectal, gynecologic, kidney, pancreatic, pediatric, and prostate cancers.
Some families share a common change, or mutation, in a gene that may increase the risk of developing particular cancers. These mutations are inherited, passed from generation to generation. The types of cancers can vary even within the same family. The program helps at-risk individuals make informed decisions in accordance with their health care needs, preferences, and values.
Contact the Cancer Genetics Program
For an initial genetic evaluation, please call us at 401-444-8361.
Fax for referrals: 401-444-3288
Why is genetic testing important for cancer?
If someone has inherited an increased risk for cancer, there are many options available for early detection or cancer risk reduction. Determining if you are at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome can provide information that can help with planning regarding: