Hereditary Cancer / Genetic Testing & Counseling

Approximately 5-10 percent of all cancers are hereditary. If a person inherits a damaged gene, passed from generation to generation, they may have an increased risk of cancer. The damaged gene can come from your mother or your father.

Testing is available to help clarify your risk, so you and your medical provider can help decrease the risk of cancer, detect it earlier, or possibly prevent it from occurring.

Education/Genetic Counseling
The first step to evaluating your risk for hereditary cancer is take a detailed look at both sides your family’s history. Our Board Certified Genetic Counselor Cathleen McCann will meet with you, review and discuss your personal and family history, complete a personal cancer risk assessment and provide the most current information on hereditary cancers and options for treatment.  You will learn about the benefits, risks, limitations and costs of genetic testing, as well as laws to protect your genetic privacy.

Cathleen McCann
Board Certified Genetic Counselor
Sarasota Memorial Institute for Cancer Care

Cathleen McCann

Cathleen 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. Previously, she provided services at the University of Arizona Cancer Center- Phoenix, Harvard Medical Associates, Inova Health System, and other leading medical centers. Most recently, she was a genetic professor for the Maricopa College system in Phoenix for five years, as well as the University of Arizona Medical School.

Genetic Testing
Sometimes genetic testing can help clarify an individual’s risk for hereditary cancer. Testing can involve a blood sample or oral mouth rinse. Results may help clarify your risks and help you and your medical provider decide on screening or management. Genetic testing sometimes leads to possible participation in optional clinical trials/research studies. Our staff can help you locate specialists and services that may assist you and your family.

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.

Personal & Confidential
Choosing genetic testing is a personal decision that can help you more actively manage your health care. It also may provide information for your entire family. Our professional staff can help you sort through any concerns you may have and decide if genetic testing is right for you and/or your family. All visits, personal and family information, results and counseling remain confidential.

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 a referral for your insurance to cover the cost of the counseling appointment.

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 »

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.

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