Genetic Testing and Counseling
About 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary – caused by a damaged gene inherited from your father or mother. Knowing your cancer risk, and doing everything you can to lower it, could make a big difference for you, your family and your future healthcare decisions.
Sarasota Memorial’s Genetic Counselor Maggi Tabano, ARNP, is trained to recognize whether the cancers in your family are sporadic or hereditary. She can provide important information to help you and your doctor make proactive decisions about your health. Among other considerations, she will assess your personal and family history, looking at all cancers on both sides of the family, the age at which family members were diagnosed and the country where your ancestors originated.
During your visit, you also will learn about genetic testing options, privacy laws, insurance coverage and strategies to reduce your cancer risk. Be assured that all visits, personal and family information, counseling and results are confidential.
Insurance coverage and fees vary for genetic counseling and testing. In most cases, our genetic counselor will know the criteria that your insurance company follows to determine coverage. Although a physician referral is not required to participate in our program, you may need authorization from your health plan to cover the cost of the counseling appointment.
For more information about our genetic education and testing program, please call 941-917-2005.