Jamie Mushlin, MS, CGC; Terri W. McHugh,
DO; Cristina Polinsky, MS, CGC; Rachael
Brandt, MS, CGC .
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 cancers are diagnosed at young
ages or in several relatives, can be an indicator of an inherited risk.
The Riddle Hospital Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics
program is designed to provide 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
Who Can Participate
Evaluation at the Riddle Hospital Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics
Program is available to any person concerned about cancer risk.
Individuals meet with a genetic counselor who specializes in cancer
genetics and a registered nurse focused on cancer prevention, when
indicated. A medical oncologist and outpatient oncology social worker
are also part of the team.
Cancer Risk Checklist
Please review this list of questions to see if you might
benefit from a consultation:
Does cancer seem to run in your family?
Have you or family members been diagnosed with cancer at a young
Have you or people in your family had more than one cancer
Do any of your relatives have a gene mutation (abnormal gene)
that increases cancer risk?
Are you concerned you might have an increased cancer risk?
If you answered yes to any of the above, or if you have questions about
cancer risk and genetic testing, please contact the Cancer Risk
Assessment and Genetics Program to schedule an appointment or to obtain
more information about how these services may benefit you.
For more information on the Riddle Hospital Cancer Risk Assessment and
Genetics Program, or to schedule an appointment, please call
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.