Our cancer genetics service includes risk assessment, genetic testing, counseling, research, and intervention strategies to prevent cancer. Although only a small percentage of cancer is caused by an inherited genetic mutation, the men and women who carry a mutation have a much higher risk of developing cancer. Genetic testing can empower them with the information and education they need to prevent cancer before it occurs.
Our physicians work closely with scientists from Mercer University School of Medicine in our on-site laboratory. Together, they study the human genome in individual patient's tumors to identify unique genetic pathways that have been altered. They then use that information to create very targeted cancer therapy that works with an individual's genetic makeup.
When to Consider Genetic Testing
Approximately 10 percent of all cancer is hereditary. People with a hereditary predisposition are at an increased risk of developing various types of the disease. In addition, they are at risk of developing cancer at an earlier age. It is important to identify families with a hereditary cancer risk so that appropriate prevention and/or early detection strategies can begin.
Although many personal factors must be considered before choosing genetic testing, the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends genetic testing for the following people:
Our genetic counseling process helps individuals and families by providing the following:
To request an appointment with Kelsey Johnson, our genetic counselor, call 912-350-0926.