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In Office Genetic Counseling And Testing For Hereditary Cancer Specialist

Capital Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Montgomery, Bethesda, MD

Life is full of risks, some of which you can mitigate and others you cannot. When it comes to certain forms of cancer, genetic testing at Capital Women’s Care in Bethesda, Maryland, helps women from in and around Montgomery County understand their risk of developing cancer. That information can help guide health and wellness choices. If you have questions about how genetic testing and counseling can help you manage your personal cancer risk, call to schedule an appointment today.

In Office Genetic Counseling and Testing For Hereditary Cancer

What is in-office genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer?

Genetic counseling at Capital Women’s Care is the process of determining a family’s risk of inherited medical problems. It is a comprehensive look at the genetic factors that could pose a risk of developing serious health issues. Having that information empowers you and your loved ones to make positive changes that support overall health and wellness.

The process begins with a full family health history. This includes information about family members who’ve suffered from any serious health issue. It’s helpful to share specifics about those relatives, including their age when diagnosed, the exact medical problems at hand, and how the matter resolved.

Blood testing is the next step and provides a wealth of information about your health and how well your body is functioning. Depending on the information gathered during your family health history and the results of that initial blood work, additional screenings may be necessary.

What types of women’s health issues show up in genetic testing?

Genetic testing has come a long way in recent years and is a powerful tool for understanding your personal cancer risk. There are tests that show inherited genetic mutations for various cancers, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Fallopian tube cancer
  • Peritoneal cancer
  • Uterine cancer

It’s important to understand that genetic testing is just one way to learn more about your cancer risk. A negative result does not mean you have zero risks of developing cancer, just as a positive result doesn’t mean you will definitely develop cancer.

What happens if I test positive for a genetic variant associated with cancer?

Once your results are in, you sit down with your provider at Capital Women’s Care to review the information. If your testing shows you have a genetic variant linked to cancer, you discuss your next steps.

For women with a cancer diagnosis, the presence of a genetic variant can help guide treatment decisions. Otherwise, some of the ways you can make use of your test results are as follows.

  • Schedule more frequent cancer screenings
  • Make lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of developing cancer
  • Determine if your plans for motherhood are in line with your risk level
  • Decide if you’d like to pursue aggressive procedures to remove “at risk” tissue types

Many women also choose to share their genetic testing results with their close family members so that their loved ones can decide if they’d like to have their own screening done to better understand their cancer risk level.

If you have questions about In office genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer, call to schedule an appointment today at Capital Women’s Care.