Hereditary Cancer Syndromes

Most cancer is sporadic or occurs by chance. However, up to 10 percent of cancer may have a hereditary cause. Hereditary cancers are caused by a change in a gene, leading to a much higher risk of developing cancer.

During the past decade, scientists have discovered specific genes that play a role in the development of many cancers. Genetic testing is available for some of these hereditary cancer syndromes. To learn if you have an increased likelihood of developing certain cancers, or whether you have inherited a hereditary cancer predisposition gene, you should consult with a specialist who has experience in the area of hereditary cancer, cancer risk assessment, and genetic counseling and testing.

Genetic testing is available for the following hereditary cancer syndromes:

If you would like more information about testing for hereditary cancer syndromes, we encourage you to speak with one of our genetic counselors. To schedule an appointment, please call the Genetic Center, 330-543-8792.

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