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Talk with a Doctor if Breast or Ovarian Cancer Runs in Your Family

If family members have had breast or ovarian cancer, you can take steps to reduce your risk. Genetic counseling and testing can help you make the best decisions about your health.

Review Date: June 14, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Genetic Counselors by Patients

Answers general questions about genetic counselors, and how the National Society of Genetic Counselors works with the genetic counseling profession.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Society of Genetic Counselors

BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing

This fact sheet describes the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and related link to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Learn what to do if a person tests positive for one of these alterations, and the consequences of genetic testing.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Family History: Prevent Colon Cancer

Relatives of people who have had colorectal cancer are more likely to develop the disease themselves. Learn about the importance of genetic testing and counseling.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Find a Genetic Counselor

Find genetic counseling services or get information about the genetic counseling profession. Genetic Counselors listed in this database are NSGC members and can be searched or sorted by state, city, counselor's name, or institution.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Society of Genetic Counselors

Genetic Testing: What You Should Know

Some genetic abnormalities, or “gene mutations,” may run in families. Find out the pros and cons of being tested for genetic diseases that might run in your family. A sample of blood or skin is usually needed for genetic testing.

Review Date: February 05, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Making Sense of Your Genes: A Guide to Genetic Counseling- (PDF)

The goal of genetic counseling is to help you learn more about the causes of genetic conditions and how they affect you. Find tips to help you prepare for a genetic counseling visit, including questions to ask a genetic counselor about the testing process for diseases that might run in your family.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Society of Genetic Counselors

Pediatric Genetics: Newborn Screening

Learn why it's important to know your family health history, and how genetic counseling and newborn screening can help doctors find and treat a genetic condition early.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Search: Cancer Genetics Services Directory

This directory lists professionals who provide services related to cancer genetics (cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, genetic susceptibility testing, and others).

Review Date: December 19, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Understanding and Collecting Your Family History

Your family history holds key information about your past and clues to your future health. Learn how to collect and record your family’s health history and what to do after you have completed your family tree.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Society of Genetic Counselors