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Who to Test

Consistent consideration of cancer family history and genetic test status will dramatically change your medical management recommendations for all patient types. Our Patient ID Card can help you identify patients with red flags. There are two essential steps to identify your patients for Hereditary Cancer Risk in order to optimize your medical management:

Screen

Cancer family history questionnaire

Ask each patient to fill one out to capture 3 degrees of cancer history for both maternal and paternal family members. Emphasizing to your patients the importance of capturing a thorough family history will allow you to better evaluate their hereditary cancer risk and appropriateness for testing.

Evaluate

Review your patient's Cancer Family History using consistent red flags to determine if your patient is at increased risk for hereditary cancers.

Multiple

A combination of cancers on the same side of the family
  • 2 or more: breast / ovarian / prostate / pancreatic cancer
  • 2 or more: colorectal / endometrial / ovarian / gastric / pancreatic / other cancers (i.e., ureter/renal pelvis, biliary tract, small bowel, brain, sebaceous adenomas)
  • 2 or more: melanoma / pancreatic cancer

Young

Any one of the following cancers at age 50 or younger
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

Rare

Any one of these rare presentations at any age
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast: male breast cancer or triple negative breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer with abnormal MSI/IHC, MSI associated histology††
  • Endometrial cancer with abnormal MSI/IHC
  • 10 or more gastrointestinal polyps*
Certain ancestries may have greater risk for hereditary cancer syndromes (e.g., Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry)

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Resources and Tools

Patient Results Brochures

Your patients may need education and counseling regarding genetic testing for hereditary cancer. Download brochures for your patients that will help explain their test results.

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Patient Education Tools

Some of your patients may need education and counseling regarding genetic testing for hereditary cancer.

Your patients may need education and counseling regarding genetic testing for hereditary cancer.

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Genetics Webinars

View recorded webinars covering a variety of genetics related topics.

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