Cancer Answers is a series of free public lectures, presented by Cancer Care Nova Scotia , on a variety of cancer-related topics. The lectures, delivered by cancer experts, are designed to raise awareness and educate participants about issues related to prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliative care.
Following each lecture, the presentations are posted on the Cancer Care Nova Scotia website.
Hereditary Cancer Cancer Answers Cancer Care Nova Scotia May 20 th , 2008 Patricia Steele, MSc, CCGC, CGC Genetic Counsellor Maritime Medical Genetics Services IWK Health Centre and Genetic Testing
Despite screening options, the cancer risk not zero
Privacy, insurance or employment concerns?
May increase fear/anxiety – open a Pandora’s Box
May negatively impact family relationships
Guilt of ‘passing it on’
Review –The Clues That Cancer Might be Inherited?
Many individuals in a family
On the same side of the family
Affected over many generations
Three generation family history
Early ages of onset
Often before age 50
Specific patterns and related types of cancer
Review –What’s Right for You? Family Hx Assessment Personalized screening and prevention recommendations Referral for Genetic Evaluation with personalized screening and prevention recommendations Standard screening and prevention recommendations Intervention Average (1 in 9) Sporadic Moderate (Familial) High (Hereditary ) Genetic Risk