Jefferson University Hospitals

Genetics of Breast Cancer

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Approximately 5 to 10 percent of breast and ovarian cancers are due to known predisposing genetic factors. If you suspect that you may be predisposed to breast cancer, turn to the experts of the Clinical Cancer Genetics Service at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Our genetics experts are dedicated to identifying and managing individuals with a known or suspected inherited predisposition to cancer. The Service is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes genetic counselors, oncology nurses, surgeons, molecular geneticists and a clinical geneticist.

Family history is the primary indicator of an inherited risk for cancer. Our staff will evaluate your family history and develop a written risk assessment and a cancer screening program for you and your at-risk family members.

Evaluation is available to anyone who is concerned about a family history of cancer or a personal history of early-onset cancer. If it is determined that you have an increased risk or an inherited risk, we can provide information and guidelines that will assist you and your family in the prevention and early detection of cancer.

We also work together with the world-renowned researchers of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in developing and offering research protocols in the areas of cancer genetics and chemo prevention. As a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, the staff of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center is home to renowned cancer physicians and research scientists.