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Genetic Counseling For Hereditary Cancers

When a family member has been diagnosed with cancer, you may wonder if you’re at increased risk for cancer yourself. One in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime, so it’s not uncommon to see several family members who have had cancer due to chance or a shared environment. However, 5-10% of cancers are associated with an inherited factor that predisposes a person to cancer—especially breast, ovarian and colorectal. If these hereditary cancers run in your family, different screening and management options may be available to you.

If you’re concerned about your family history of cancer, genetic counseling may help. A referral to a cancer genetic counselor does not mean you have a “hereditary” cancer; it simply means your physician feels it’s important to gather more information about your personal and family history of cancer. Our genetic counselors are certified professionals, trained and educated at the master's degree level. We can help you understand scientific, medical, and genetic information relating to a personal and/or family history of cancer.

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Providers

  • Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

    Biography

    Madison Bernhardt, MS, LCGC specializes in hereditary predispositions to cancer and hematologic conditions. She meets with adults and children who have a personal or family history of cancer to help them understand if there may be an inherited component.

    Madison earned her bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in genetic counseling both from Ohio State University. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

    Biography

    Emily Fassi, MS, LCGC sees children and adults for hereditary predispositions to cancer and hematologic conditions. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed by the State of Idaho. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

    Emily earned her bachelor's degree in biology with minors in chemistry and French from Truman State University, and her master's degree in genetic counseling from Northwestern University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

    Biography

    Christina Ikard, MS, LCGC specializes in both pediatric and adult cancer genetics and also works with patients and families impacted by hemophilia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from New York University. She earned her master's degree in genetic counseling from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Christina is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

    Availability

    Accepting new patients