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Genetic counselling

What is genetic counselling?

Individuals with a personal or family history of cancer often have many questions including: am I at risk, are my children at risk and what can I do to detect or reduce my risk of cancer?

For individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer, they may ask how genetic testing will influence their surgical treatment, choice of chemotherapy and future cancer prevention.

Genetic Counsellors aim to answer these questions and explain the underlying causes of cancer where possible.

What does genetic counselling for cancer involve?

Genetic counselling involves taking a detailed family and medical history and providing a personalised cancer risk assessment. This risk assessment includes your personal cancer risk and the risk the cancer in your family is inherited. If genetic cancer testing is recommended, the Genetic Counsellor will explain its benefits and limitations. Cancer screening and risk reducing options may also be recommended.

Individuals concerned about their cancer risk due to a personal or family history of cancer will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their family history. A genetic counselling consultation will then be arranged, which lasts around one hour, and can take place by telephone, or in person at one of our clinics.

Following this genetic counselling consultation, if you decide to have genetic testing, arrangements will be made to collect either a blood or saliva sample.  Depending on the genetic cancer test requested, results are usually available in 3-4 weeks. At this time another telephone or face to face consultation will be made with the Genetic Counsellor to discuss your results and options.

Although only a small percentage of cancers are hereditary, a family history of cancer can cause concern. Approximately 5% of bowel cancer, 5-9% of prostate cancer, 5-10% of breast cancer and 20% of ovarian cancers are inherited. In some families; womb cancer, skin cancer, renal (kidney) and other cancers may also be inherited.


The price for a one hour genetic counselling session with one of GeneHealth UK’s Genetic Counsellors is £150.

Our FAQs section answers some of the most commonly asked questions.

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