Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
Community Medical Center Expands Cancer Center With New Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
Are you at increased risk for cancer? Is there a gene putting your family
at higher risk of cancer?
A family history or genetic factors can increase an individual's risk
The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Community Medical Center is specifically
designed for individuals who want information about their personal cancer risk.
Should I consider the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program?
If you answer
yes to any of the following questions, then this program may be helpful to you:
- Have you or a close relative been diagnosed with cancer at an early age
(usually 50 or younger)?
- Have you or a close relative been diagnosed with a rare cancer (for example,
ovarian cancer or male breast cancer)?
- Have you been diagnosed with "triple negative" breast cancer
at age 60 or younger?
- Do you or your family have a history of many colon polyps?
- Do you have two or more relatives with the same kind of cancer on the same
side of your family?
- Do you have Jewish ancestry and a personal or family history of breast,
ovarian, or pancreatic cancer at any age?
- Have you or a member of your family had more than one cancer?
- Do you have a family history of certain groups of cancers (for example,
breast and ovarian or colorectal and uterine)?
- Does anyone in your family have a mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene
(for example, BRCA1 or MLH1)?
How our team can help you.
Our multidisciplinary team is available to:
- Talk with you about your personal concerns.
- Review your family history, medical history and lifestyle risk factors.
- Help you understand cancer risk factors.
- Discuss genetic testing and assist in your decision about this option.
- Outline a plan for continued monitoring to protect your health.
- Help you make informed medical decisions based on your personal risk assessment
to reduce your risk of developing cancer.
- Evaluate your eligibility to participate in certain research studies.
- Provide a written summary of your consultation and test results.
Meet Our Genetic Counselor
Kaitlin Kraft, MS, LGC is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor specializing in helping
individuals and families at risk for hereditary cancers.
She will work closely with you during each step of the process providing
education, support, and valuable resources. We will perform a personalized
risk analysis, which may include genetic testing, and help identify other
relatives who may also benefit from a risk evaluation.
What you can expect
Before your first appointment:
At your first appointment, you will:
- Meet with a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor who will review
- Learn about cancer risk factors including how genes and family history
can affect your level of risk.
- Discuss options for genetic testing. If you decide on genetic testing,
a blood sample is usually drawn at this visit.
When applicable, at your second appointment, you will:
- Meet with the genetic counselor as well as a physician with special training
in cancer genetics.
- Review your risk assessment and genetic test results (when applicable).
- Discuss a plan to carefully monitor your health based on your level of
risk. You may be referred to other specialists based on your situation.
- Be offered an optional exam, if applicable.
Will my insurance cover genetic counseling & testing?
Many insurance companies cover the cost of genetic counseling and genetic
testing when medically indicated. Pre-authorization may be required for
some managed care plans. It is always best to check with your insurance
For information call the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Community Medical Center