As many as 5 percent to 10 percent of all cancers may be linked to an inherited risk, and approximately 30 percent of cancer cases occur in families with close relatives who have experienced similar cancers.
At Simmons Cancer Center, families have an ally in the science of cancer risk assessment and counseling. Experts in the field of cancer genetics can help you identify your risk of developing cancer and help you understand the options available to help you manage your health.
An inherited risk for cancer is higher when:
Research performed by our medical director, David Euhus, M.D., has revolutionized the technique of assessing genetic risk for cancer.
Dr. Euhus and the clinic’s team of board-certified genetic counselors work with scientists and oncologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Simmons Cancer Center to research cancer prevention and therapies, and to give patients access to promising treatments through clinical trials.
Our Cancer Genetics Program is the only research-based clinical program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer testing and counseling for all identified types of cancer.
A few of the conditions with a hereditary link include breast cancer, Cowden syndrome, and Lynch syndrome. We test for all of these and more.
For an appointment at our facility in Dallas or for more information about our cancer genetics services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.