Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment
Front Range Cancer Specialists offers a prevention, early detection, and genetics program that provides education and treatment for people who, based upon personal and family history, are at high risk for developing cancer. Although most cancers are sporadic events, approximately 10% are hereditary. These hereditary cancers are due to specific inherited genes that cause an increase in susceptibility to develop cancers. Families can pass on a gene from generation to generation. Hereditary cancers can include (but are not limited to): breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and skin cancer (melanoma).
There are ways to reduce your risk of cancer. If cancer runs in your family, genetic counseling and testing may be appropriate. Genetic testing can give you answers about your risk of inherited cancers by analyzing your genes. Results will help you make informed decisions about your options for early cancer detection and risk reduction. Even if you have already been diagnosed with cancer, genetic testing can provide important information about your risk for a second cancer. Genetic testing also provides important information to your family members, especially close relatives.
At Front Range Cancer Specialists, our specially trained and certified oncology nurse practitioners are trained to:
- recognize and evaluate family histories for hereditary cancer syndromes
- provide familial cancer risk assessment
- utilize mutation risk models to estimate chance of hereditary mutations within the family
- provide education about genetics, hereditary cancer syndromes, ethical issues, potential but unproven discrimination issues, family issues, and autonomy
- coordination and interpretation of genetic testing
- review of medical management and implications of genetic test results
- follow-up support and coordination of referrals
Genetic counseling and testing services are covered by 97% of insurance companies. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with one of our nurse practitioners, in our Fort Collins Clinic, please contact us at (970) 212-7600.
Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program
Personal or Family Red Flags
- Breast cancer prior to age 50
- Ovarian cancer at ANY age
- Individual with both breast & ovarian cancer or bilateral breast cancer
- Male breast cancer at ANY age
- Individual with 2 HNPCC related cancers (colon, endometrial, stomach, ovarian, ureter, small bowel, renal pelvis)
- Greater than 20 adenomatous polyps in lifetime or polyps under age 40
- Colorectal or endometrial cancer prior to age 50
- 2 melanomas in same individual or family
- Melanoma and pancreatic cancer
Take this quiz to find out your cancer risk
This brief questionnaire will help you determine whether you should be further evaluated for either Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome or Lynch syndrome. On average, the quiz takes less than 1 minute to complete.