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Are You at Risk for a Hereditary Cancer?
Approximately 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary – caused by a damaged gene inherited from our 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. 

Is Genetic Testing Right for You?
Sarasota Memorial's Board Certified Genetic Counselor Cathy McCann 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 be proactive about your health with appropriate screenings and care.

Among other considerations, she will assess your personal and family history, looking at all cancers on both sides of the family, the age family members were diagnosed and the country where your ancestors originally came from. In some cases, she may determine it is better for another family member to undergo genetic testing before you do. 

During your visit, you also will learn about genetic testing options, if recommended, privacy laws, insurance coverage and strategies to reduce your cancer risk.

Personal & Confidential
Be assured that all visits, personal and family information, counseling and results are confidential.

Cathleen McCannCathleen McCann earned Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Natural Science & Mathematics and Zoology / Physiology from the University of Wyoming.  She received a Master’s degree in Human Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin. She is Board Certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Genetic Counseling and the American College of Medical Genetics. She also is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She joined the leadership team at Sarasota Memorial’s Genetic Education Program in May 2013. 

Insurance Coverage
Insurance coverage and fees vary for genetic counseling and/or genetic 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 an authorization from your health plan to cover the cost of the counseling appointment.

For More Information
If you would like more information about our genetic education/testing program, please call (941) 917-2005.

Hereditary Cancer Quiz
To begin the process of determining if genetic testing is right for you, take this quiz to find out your cancer risk.

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with colon or endometrial cancer, you should be aware of a hereditary disorder called Lynch Syndrome »

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