Know Your Risk for Developing Breast Cancer

GMC is committed to the fight against breast cancer. 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer. This includes 45,000 Georgians. Early detection and prevention is the key. One tool that helps to fight breast cancer is genetic testing. Genetic tests are performed on a sample of blood, or cells from the mouth. The sample is sent to a laboratory where technicians look for specific changes in the DNA. The laboratory reports the test results in writing to a person’s doctor or genetic counselor. This tool has been successful in helping people determine their risk for developing breast cancer, especially those with a family history. At GMC, we have a dedicated genetic risk counselor who sits down with each individual to provide comprehensive information and support.
Deciding to pursue genetic testing is highly personal and requires serious consideration
since the results may have implications for your entire family as well as yourself. We appreciate the concerns involved with genetic testing, and will work with you to help you make an informed decision. All visits, family information, results and counseling are kept confidential.

For more information, call 678-312-3235 to talk with our cancer genetics educator.


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