While most cancers are not hereditary, approximately 5-10% of cancer cases are inherited or passed down from generation to generation.

GGC’s cancer genetic counseling service involves the careful evaluation of your medical and family history to identify which families may have an increased risk of hereditary cancer. A cancer genetic counseling consultation will involve a review of your history, the likelihood of having inherited cancer, cancer screening recommendations, what genetic testing is available and the risks, benefits and limitations of that testing. Not all individuals who have genetic counseling will choose to have genetic testing.

Cancer genetic counseling may be right for you if:

  • you have been diagnosed with breast, ovarian, colon, endometrial (uterine) or renal cancer before age 50
  • you have multiple relatives with the same or related cancers (breast/ovarian within a family or colon/endometrial within a family)
  • you or a family member has been diagnosed with more than one type of cancer (bilateral breast cancer, breast and ovarian, colon and endometrial)
  • have cancer in more than one generation of your family
  • you have a rare cancer or a type of cancer that occurs more often in the other gender (like breast cancer in a male)
  • you have breast or ovarian cancer and are a member of certain ethnic backgrounds (e.g. Ashkenazi Jewish)

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for the Greenwood office, fax the completed referral form to:

Greenwood Genetic Center
106 Gregor Mendel Circle
Greenwood, SC 29646
(888) GGC-GENE/442-4363 - toll free
(864) 941-8100 - phone
(864) 941-8114 - fax