Helping families cope with hereditary cancer risk

Women with specific genetic mutations have 5 times higher risk for breast cancer than other women. These mutations are passed down in the family and can affect many family members.  It is common that families need expert support in order to understand complex genetic information and cope with their cancer risk.

We are testing a new program that will help families cope with hereditary cancer by:

  • learning more about mutations that are connected to breast and ovarian cancer
  • identifying the risk for cancer in the family
  • making informed decisions about genetic testing
  • learning how to talk about genetic mutations with their family members