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Genetics & Cancer Risk Assessment

UnityPoint Health, in partnership with the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center, offers a Genetics and Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic which provides personalized counseling, risk assessment, genetic testing and monitoring to individuals identified as being at increased risk for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis.

The Community Cancer Center has two dedicated genetic nurse practitioners who are trained in oncology genetics and cancer risk counseling. They provide cancer risk assessments, genetic counseling, testing, referrals and follow-up care for those who are at risk.

Components of Cancer Risk Assessment

  1. Initial assessment - You will first meet with one of our genetic nurse practitioners and go over your family history. Based on that history, you will receive information on reducing your risk and hereditary cancer syndromes. You will also discuss genetic testing and possible test results.
  2. Genetic testing - If you decide to do genetic testing, your testing will be individualized based on your family history. You will receive the results in two to four weeks.
  3. Post-test education - You will meet with your genetic nurse practitioner to review results and help you understand what they mean for you and your family.
  4. Continuing support - Whatever your cancer risk is determined to be, we provide referrals for lifestyle changes, appropriate medical providers and more. Our goal is to reduce your and your family's risk.

Are you at Risk?

If you are concerned about your personal or family history, a risk assessment may be beneficial. Through a cancer risk assessment, we can help you understand your individual risk factors. Take our brief questionnaire below to see if you may benefit from a consultation with one of our genetic professionals. 

Please visit the genetics page on the Community Cancer Center website for more info on the link between cancer and genetics. For more info on genetic testing, contact the Community Cancer Center at (319) 558-4876.