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Breast Center: Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling takes place between the patient and her medical team. It helps the patient understand their risk of developing cancer due to a variety of factors. These risk factors can include personal risk factors as well as genetic risk factors which can be passed through families — called BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations — which cause an increased risk of cancer for all family members. In many cases, genetic testing can be ordered to ascertain if the cause of cancer in the family is genetic, which can help determine medical management options. Genetic counseling is appropriate for patients with or without a personal history of cancer. Specific goals are to:

  • Assist the patient or family in understanding their risk factors for cancer
  • Help the patient understand their cancer risk and what it means for their health
  • Appreciate the way gene changes can cause sporadic and hereditary cancer
  • Understand medical management options to reduce their cancer risk
  • Help choose a plan that is most appropriate for the patient and their family members
  • Help the family to make the best possible choice to reduce their risk

Genetic counselors at the UF Health Breast Center – Jacksonville provide cancer genetic counseling services to patients with special circumstances, including breast or other cancer diagnoses at a young age and/or a strong family history of cancers (usually including two or more individuals with cancer). Referrals for single-site testing in a family with a known gene mutation increasing the risk of cancer are also appropriate. Genetic counselors help ensure high-risk individuals are seen by the proper physicians to help manage their risk. Our genetic counselor is able to provide comprehensive counseling services when a diagnosis is known.

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Appointments may be scheduled through your doctor's office or by calling 904-383-1015.