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Genetic counselling

What is genetic counselling?

Individuals with a 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?

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

What does genetic counselling involve?

Genetic counselling involves taking a detailed family and medical history, and providing a personalised genetic 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 available 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 sent a family history questionnaire and a personalised risk assessmentwill be performed. A genetic counselling appointment will then be arranged which can take place by telephone or over Skype, and lasts around one hour. If you would prefer, a face-to-face discussion with one of our counsellors can be arranged at one of our clinics.

Following this genetic counselling consultation, genetic cancer testing may be available. If you decide to have genetic testing an appointment will be made for a blood sample to be taken. This can be done at one of our nationwide clinics or at your GP surgery. Depending on the genetic cancer test requested, results are usually available in 3-6 weeks. At this time another telephone or face to face appointment 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.

For further information please contact us.

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