At least 10 percent of cancer cases are caused by hereditary factors
passed from one generation of a family to the next. A family history of
cancer, particularly if the cancer is diagnosed at a young age or in
several relatives, can be an indicator of an inherited risk.
The Lankenau Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics program provides
individualized cancer risk assessment services to individuals and
families at increased risk of cancer due to family or personal history.
These services include:
Overview of cancer risk factors, including genetics,
lifestyle and environmental exposure
Comprehensive, cancer-specific genetic evaluation,
including pedigree analysis and risk calculation
Discussion of customized risk reduction options and
risk-appropriate screening recommendations, including
opportunities for research
Coordination of genetic testing, when appropriate, and
interpretation of genetic test results
Breast self-exam instruction
Referral resources for follow-up and support
These services are available to any person concerned about cancer risk.
Individuals meet with a genetic counselor who specializes in cancer. A
medical oncologist and outpatient oncology social worker are also part
of the genetics team.
Before considering if you might benefit from a consultation,
please review the following cancer risk checklist:
Does cancer seem to run in your family?
Have you or family members been diagnosed with cancer at
a young age?
Have you or people in your family had more than one
Do any of your relatives have a gene mutation that
increases cancer risk?
Are you concerned you might have an increased cancer
If you answered yes to any of the above, or if you have any
questions about cancer risk and genetic testing, please call
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.