While the cause of most cancer may not be known, there are some cancers
that result from an inherited mutation passed from one generation to another.
In this circumstance, the family often may have an unusually high number
of cancers or unusually young age of cancer. The best understood is the
breast cancer ovarian cancer syndrome resulting from the BRCA gene mutation.
Another common hereditary cancer is colon cancer either familial polyposis
or the Lynch syndrome characterized by young colon cancer, uterine cancer
and other cancers. Genetic counseling and a single tube of blood can help
identify family members at risk, and more importantly can lead to life
saving recommendations for screening and prevention. For more information,
please call 561.955.GENE (4363).
Our Genetics Specialists
Louise Morrell, MD, Medical Director of Lynn Cancer Institute
Areas of specialty/interest: breast cancer, genetics
Marlene E. Cepeda-Goodwin, Registered Physician Assistant - Certified
Areas of specialty/interest: oncology genetics