Do Men Need to See a Genetic Counselor?

August 9, 2016

Some individuals are born with genetic mutations that increase the risk of developing cancer during their lifetime. These mutations may be inherited from either a mother or a father. While simply having a genetic mutation does not mean you will definitely get cancer, it does increase your risk. The good news is lifestyle alterations, medication and preventive surgery can reduce the risk for developing hereditary cancer.

Compass Oncology’s groundbreaking Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) program is a leader in personalized cancer-risk reduction. Our goal is to guide you through the often confusing process of deciding if genetic testing is appropriate and help you determine if you have a genetic mutation that puts you at risk for cancer.

Our knowledge of inherited gene mutations that can lead to cancer is growing rapidly, thanks to research and new panel-based genetic testing. Compass was an early adopter of this exciting technology which allows us to look at a large set of genes in a single test. As a result, we are redefining syndromes and discovering more connections between cancers. We know certain mutations can be responsible for multiple types of cancer. We have new risk models we can explore and in certain instances, knowing exactly what mutations are present can influence therapy.

Consider scheduling a personalized genetic risk evaluation with Compass Oncology genetic counselor if you or any family member on either side of your family have had:

  • Triple-negative breast cancer, any breast cancer before age 50, or male breast cancer at any age
  • Ovarian cancer at any age
  • Colon and/or rectal cancer before age 50
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer before age 50
  • 10 or more cumulative colorectal polyps (also called adenomas)
  • Two or more family members diagnosed with melanoma
  • Ashkenazi or Jewish heritage
  • History of cancer among multiple close relatives
  • Negative genetic testing prior to 2013. New genes associated with a cancer risk have been identified and are now included in panel-based testing.

Most insurance will cover genetic testing for patients who meet basic criteria. Our counselors are available to help you determine if you meet this criteria. To schedule your appointment, call 503.297.7403 or click here for more information.