Cancer Risk Assessment
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When it comes to the possibility of a cancer diagnosis, you want answers. The Gregory and Lorraine Harper Cancer Risk and Genetic Assessment Program helps you get them. We offer a range of evaluation and support services, including cancer risk assessments. A cancer risk assessment helps you learn about your risk factors for hereditary cancer. These conditions, which include certain forms of gastrointestinal cancer, are often passed down in families. Cancer risk assessments take some of the uncertainty out of your current health status and help you plan for any future needs.
Cancer Risk Assessments at Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute
The goal of a cancer risk assessment is to determine whether you have risk factors for cancer, which may include having a family history of cancer. During the risk assessment, you share information about your and your family’s health history with our board-certified genetic counselors. Find out more about genetic counseling for cancer and meet the team here.
We use this information to determine your chances of developing hereditary cancer. Whether your risk is low or high, we are here for you with support and information so you can get the peace of mind you’re looking for.
What to Expect
If assessment findings show you are at risk for hereditary cancer, our genetic counselors provide personalized recommendations. We also listen to you and help ease any concerns you may have. We may recommend:
- Additional testing: Genetic testing helps us learn more about possible risk factors for cancer by examining your blood for abnormal genes (mutations). Get more information about genetic testing for cancer.
- Cancer screenings: Regular screening tests help us detect cancer in its early stages when it’s easier to treat. Your care may include a colonoscopy for colon cancer risk or a mammogram for breast cancer risk.
- Steps to reduce your cancer risk: You can lower your risk for certain cancers by living a healthy lifestyle. We may recommend quitting tobacco, avoiding alcohol or becoming more physically active.
Call for an appointment
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call The Gregory and Lorraine Harper Cancer Risk and Genetic Assessment Program at Lehigh Valley Health Network at 610-402-8787, or call 888-402-LVHN (5846).