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Atrium Health Floyd Medical Cener T​he Breast Center ​offers genetic testing and counseling to help both men and women understand how a family history of cancer could impact their lifetime risk for many types of cancers.  

Our genetic testing program looks at over 80 genes to check your risk for certain types of cancer including brain, breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, renal, skin, uterine and colon cancers.​

Approximately 5% - 10% of cancers are the result of an inherited, or hereditary, genetic mutation​. This means that a change has occurred on a gene that has been passed along to you.  

genetic mutation can impact your risk for many types of cancer.  Understanding if you or your family has an inherited genetic risk can help you take action to reduce your risk and improve your cancer screening strategies.

When Should You Have​ Genetic Testing for Cancer​​?

You ​should consider genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer risk if you or your family’s history includes any of the following:

  • Breast cancer diagnosed at age 50 or younger
  • Male breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer that has spread to other areas of the body
  • Colon or uterine cancer at age 50 or younger
  • Triple negative breast cancer diagnosed at any age​
  • Three or more close relatives on the same side of the family with any combination of breast or prostate cancer
  • Three or more close relatives with colon or uterine cancer on the same side of the family
  • A known genetic mutation in your family
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry ​​​​​​​​

Genetic Testing

​​​Laura Hicks shares her experience with genetic testing.​

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​What Happens at a Genetic Counseling and Testing Appointment​?

During you​r appointment, you will meet with a nurse practitioner trained in genetics​. Our providers are graduates of City of Hope's Clinical Cancer Genetics program.

These providers are specially trained in genetic evaluation, counseling and testing. They can help you understand your cancer risk based on family history, what steps you can take to reduce your cancer risk and how to improve your cancer screening exams.

Before your genetic counseling appointment, it is helpful to find out the correct history of cancer in your family including the types of cancer, ​ages at diagnosis and how you are related to these family members.

Your appointment will last one to two hours. One of our nurse practitioners trained in genetics will​:

  • record your complete family history
  • explain the genetic testing process
  • discuss what happens if the results are negative or positive

If you decide to get tested, a blood specimen will be taken. A third-party company will process the test. Results will be available approximately four weeks after your counseling appointment. These results may be given to you over the phone or during an in-person visit.  

The cost of genetic testing may be covered by commercial insurance companies if it is determined that you have risk factors for cancer or if there is already a cancer present. The out-of-pocket cash price of the test is affordable, and financial assistance or discounted fees from the test company may apply for the test cost​.


To schedule a genetic testing consultation or to learn more, contact Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center The Breast Center at Floyd at 706-509-​6840 or request an appointment ​online.​​​

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