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If you have a family history of cancer, have received a new
cancer diagnosis of premenopausal cancer, have received a multiple cancer
diagnosis (like breast and kidney) and/or have been diagnosed with an unusual
cancer (like breast cancer in a man), you may have an identifiable hereditary
cancer syndrome. If it is determined that you have an increased risk for a
hereditary cancer syndrome, you may consider risk-reducing options, increased
surveillance and/or genetic testing. That is where Jeanine Ashley, our Certified
Genetic Counselor, will assist you.
You can’t change your genes,
and it is possible that the genes you born with may increase your risk for
cancer. A new technology called multigene panel testing simultaneously examines
a number of different genes to look for potentially cancer-causing mutations,
which can provide information to help you take action to prevent or stop
cancer. For you, becoming aware that you carry a cancer-causing genetic
mutation may help you plan a strategy to take preventive action.
It is Jeanine’s
It has been our experience that our patient’s insurance
usually covers genetic counseling as it is considered preventative care under
the Affordable Care Act. Genetic testing is typically covered when an
individual’s diagnosis and/or family history indicates that they have a
reasonable chance of carrying a disease-causing mutation. Federal law prohibits
insurance discrimination for people with a genetic mutation.
Jeanine Ashley, MS, CGCCertified Genetic Counselor Avista Adventist Hospital80 Health Park Drive, #270Louisville, CO 80027 Appointments: 720-321-8383
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