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Genetic Counseling & Testing

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion

Our free genetic risk assessment helps you learn about your level of genetic risk for breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine (endometrial) cancer.

Risk arises from changes to certain genes inherited from blood relatives. For both women and men shown to be at high risk due to inherited factors, our program’s nurse genetic counselor and physician may recommend genetic testing.

Considering Genetic Counseling

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, consider having a cancer risk assessment. On either your mother or father’s side of the family:

  • Do you or any of your blood relatives have a history of colorectal cancer, breast cancer or uterine cancer diagnosed before age 50?
  • Are you or any family member of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry?
  • Were you or any blood relatives diagnosed at any age with ovarian cancer?
  • Have you or a blood relative had more than one uterine, ovarian, colon or breast cancer?

Genetic Risk Assessment

Our program is open to patients, families and the community. The nurse genetic counselor reviews your family history and personal health history. You receive a risk assessment, education, counseling and genetic testing information. If testing is recommended, the nurse provides further counseling to discuss medical, social, psychological and other issues.

Genetic Testing

If you inherited a mistake, or mutation, on a gene, you are more at risk for developing certain cancers. Genetic testing looks for these mistakes. If a mutation is found, options include increased watchfulness, using medicine to reduce risk or preventive surgery. Our nurse and physician provide counseling to help you make informed choices.

Genetic Counseling After Cancer Diagnosis

When diagnosed with cancer, receiving genetic counseling and testing may help you and your family. If you have an altered gene, there may be increased risk for family members and you can be at greater risk for developing a second cancer.

Getting Started

There is no charge for the genetic risk assessment and counseling. No doctor referral is needed. We can help with the insurance process for genetic testing. To speak with the nurse genetic counselor, call 215-481-2715.

Honored for Cancer Expertise

The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer awarded Abington's program the  Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and 2015, one of only eight programs nationwide to earn this award two survey cycles in a row.

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2015