Genetic Screening for Cancer

Centegra Health System offers genetic cancer screening for patients identified at higher risk for cancer based on a family history of the disease. Identifying their actual level of risk is dependent on numerous factors including environmental exposures, hormonal history and a detailed, multigenerational family history. Patients may need additional or increased screening, chemoprevention, or even prophylactic surgeries on the basis of this risk assessment.

Genetic counselors work with patients, and often other family members, to calculate a lifetime cancer risk. They can identify which families may have a hereditary cancer syndrome, navigate the rapidly evolving field of genetic testing, and address questions related to risk for family members and concerns about insurance. Based on the calculated risk level, patients and their referring physicians are provided with medical management guidelines they can use to create a personalized prevention and risk reduction plan.

The Centegra Cancer Genetic Counseling and Risk Assessment Program is located in Sage Cancer Center at the McHenry Campus.

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Individuals with a personal or family history of cancer are eligible to participate in a cancer genetics risk assessment.

Reasons to consider a cancer risk assessment

  • Multiple family members on the same side of the family who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Cancer diagnosed at an early age (e.g. Colon, uterine, breast cancer under the age of 50)
  • Ovarian cancer diagnosed at any age
  • Individual or family member diagnosed with two or more primary cancers or a rare cancer (e.g. male breast cancer)
  • Family member who has been diagnosed with a hereditary type of cancer
  • Individual interested in cancer genetic testing
  • Individuals concerned about their risk for cancer

How do I refer a patient?

Physicians or patients with questions can contact the front desk at (815) 344-8000.

What are the current cancer screening guidelines?

American Cancer Society recommends these guidelines for cancer screening.