Understanding your risk for developing cancer

Cancer Risk and Survivorship Program

At CHI Memorial’s Cancer Risk and Survivorship Program, we offer comprehensive genetic evaluation and counseling to help people better understand their risk of developing cancer. Genetic testing for cancer predisposition genes can be performed if your personal history and/or family history suggest an inherited risk. Hereditary cancer is caused by an abnormal gene change (mutation) that can be passed down in a family. Those who have an abnormal gene mutation may have a higher than average chance of developing certain types of cancer. 

Our specially trained staff will provide you with accurate information about your cancer risk and help determine if genetic testing for hereditary cancer might be appropriate for you. If genetic testing is performed, we will explain what these results mean for you and your family members. This information may then be used to guide your care including cancer treatment (if applicable), screening, and prevention options. This service is offered through the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute.

Who is appropriate for genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling is recommended for those who have a personal and/or family history of any of the following:

  • Cancer at a younger age than average age (typically before the age of 50)
  • Multiple relatives with the same or related types of cancer
  • Multiple primary tumors or cancers in the same individual
  • Rare cancers, such as male breast cancer
  • A known genetic mutation (positive genetic test result) that predisposes to cancer

A confidential service

CHI Memorial’s cancer risk counseling team provides a complete, personalized cancer risk evaluation in a comfortable, confidential setting. At your appointment, we will address concerns related to genetic discrimination and how your genetic information could be held against you. There are laws that provide certain protections against such discrimination. If you choose to undergo genetic testing, we will discuss your expected cost before ordering any testing. 

For more information about CHI Memorial's Cancer Risk and Survivorship Program, call (423) 495-2258.

Survivorship Empowerment Video Series

People often wonder what they can do to get and stay healthy once cancer treatment is complete.  Lifestyle changes, like eating healthier and increasing physical activity, can lower your risk of cancer and death, according to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We hope you find our Survivorship Empowerment Video Series beneficial.