Cancers can run in families. Modern genetics have revealed more than one hundred genes that, when mutated, increase the risk of developing different malignancies. Identifying mutations in cancer risk genes often leads to increased screening to detect growths early before they have spread, chemotherapy and immunoprevention, or even surgery.
Weill Cornell specialists assess cancer risk in patients with a personal or family history of specific cancers including breast, ovarian, endometrial, gastric, colorectal, prostate, renal, skin, thyroid, pancreatic and other cancers. As part of the assessment for genetic testing, patients receive education and counseling to help them understand more precisely the specifics risks for them and their families.
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