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An estimated 5 to 10% of cancer diagnoses are because of an inherited form of cancer, according to the
American Cancer Society
. Sporadic cancer shows no clear pattern within a family, familial cancer, however, can be detected in shared genes, a shared environment or a combination of both. The increased risk can be passed down through generations by traveling from parent to child.
At Littleton Adventist Hospital, we offer genetic counseling and testing to identify hereditary forms of cancer, giving our patients the power of prevention, early diagnosis and informed decisions about treatment options. Genetic counseling is available to both individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and to individuals who have not had cancer but have a family history of the disease.
Below are signs that an individual may be at risk for a hereditary form of cancer and should undergo genetic counseling and possibly, genetic testing:
Insurance Coverage of Genetic Testing
Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA)
If you have any questions about this clinic or hereditary forms of cancer, please call or e-mail
Lisa Mullineaux, MS, CGC
Cancer Genetic Counselor
Lisa Mullineaux is a certified genetic counselor and has been practicing cancer genetic counseling for 17 years. She has a special interest in hereditary breast cancer in Spanish Americans in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Lisa is passionate about helping people learn more about their cancer risk and what they can do to find cancer early and reduce their chances of developing cancer.
Genetic Counseling Referral Form
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