What is my risk for Cancer?
Does Cancer Run In Your Family? Cancer may be inherited if:
- It occurs at an earlier age (e.g., below 50)
- It develops in several family members
- There are rare cancers in a family
- There is a family history of male breast cancer
Cancers can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family. Certain types of cancer are more common in specific ethnic backgrounds, especially Ashkenazi Jewish descent with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer.
Based on your family history of cancers (specifically breast, ovarian, endometrial/uterine and colon cancer) you may be in need of diagnostic test that will determine your risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. This test result may better direct medical management decisions to reduce your cancer risk.
The Women’s Group of Northwestern offers genetic cancer screening.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment with us or click here to access our secure patient portal to request an appointment on-line.