During your initial evaluation, you will fill out a family history questionnaire with questions regarding your personal and family history of cancer. This information will help determine if you are a candidate for genetic testing.The following are some common causes for testing:
-Family member with known cancer
-Breast, colon or uterine cancer diagnosed in the family under the age of 50
-Ovarian cancer in the family diagnosed at any age
-Two or more close family members who have had the same type of cancer
-The same type of cancer in several generations of the family
Genetic testing consists of a simple sample of your mouth fluids that is analyzed to determine if you inherited a gene mutation. Genetic testing might also help determine if you are at greater risk of developing the same cancer again or of developing another type of cancer. Genetic testing can help you make informed decisions about how to manage future risks of cancer. For example, if it is determined that you are at greater risk than the “average” patient for breast cancer recurrence, we may recommend adding breast MRIs to your routine screenings. Also, if you are a woman who has breast cancer and you find out that you have an inherited risk, you may be at an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer. We will present you with options to reduce that risk.
To schedule your mammogram, call 512.753.3661. To schedule a BRCA screening, call 512.753.3733.