At least 10% of cancer cases are caused by hereditary factors. Knowing if you have a higher chance of developing cancer due to your genetic makeup may help to determine a personalized plan for prevention, early detection or treatment.
Genetics and Risk Assessment Program
About the genetics and risk assessment program
Main Line Health's Genetics and Risk Assessment Programs are offered at multiple locations in the Philadelphia region, and also available virtually through telemedicine. Anyone concerned about potential health risks due to personal or family history factors is welcome to make an appointment.
During your genetic counseling evaluation, a member of our team can:
- Review your relevant personal, family and pregnancy history and any prior test results
- Describe potential health risks
- Discuss pros, cons and limitations of testing options
- Coordinate appropriate testing and interpret results
- Identify other at-risk family members
- Discuss screening or risk management options
- Identify supportive and informational resources
Whatever the results of your tests may reveal, we're also dedicated to supporting you with the resources you need. We provide counseling, referrals to specialists and follow-up visits so you can feel confident, comforted and armed with as much health knowledge as possible.
Main Line Health accepts most health insurance plans, many of which cover the cost of genetic counseling. While many genetic tests are covered by insurance companies, the genetics team will review genetic test and lab options since costs, if any, are determined by the testing laboratory.
Types of genetic testing we offer:
Many cardiovascular conditions (problems involving the heart and blood vessels) can be hereditary. These include arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease and high cholesterol. Genetic evaluation is offered to individuals and families at risk for cardiovascular disease due to family or personal history.
Some pregnancies may be at risk for certain conditions related to heredity or other factors. Genetic counseling can provide information about screening and testing options available before or during pregnancy by evaluating the family and/or pregnancy history.
We offer genetic services for select neurological conditions.
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