- Genes, mutations, and cancer risk
- What is genetic testing?
- Who should have genetic testing?
- What are the benefits of genetic testing?
- What are the drawbacks of genetic testing?
- Who pays for genetic testing?
- What happens during genetic testing?
- What if genetic testing shows an increased cancer risk?
- How else might genetic information be used?
- What’s the future of genetic testing?
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
We have some related information that may also be helpful to you. Free copies of these materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or you can read them online at www.cancer.org.
Genetic Testing: Patient Privacy and Discrimination Considerations
Informed Consent (also in Spanish)
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
National Society of Genetic Counselors
The “Consumer Information” link on the website offers detailed information on genetic counseling, questions to ask before genetic testing, a guide to collecting family history, info on genetic testing and genetic counselors, and a directory of genetic counselors.
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
A listing of professionals who offer services related to cancer genetics (cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, genetic susceptibility testing, and others) can be found at: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/genetics/directory.
Hereditary Cancer Center (HCC)
Toll-free number: 1-800-648-8133
Maintains the Early Detection Registry Network (EDRN), a nationwide registry where any carrier of a cancer genetic mutation may register to be invited to participate in appropriate research studies for their specific genetic mutation.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 10/18/2013
Last Revised: 10/18/2013