Mayo Clinic's Familial Cancer Program helps to identify, educate and screen people who are at increased risk of cancer due to hereditary factors.

At Mayo Clinic, highly trained and experienced doctors, geneticists and genetic counselors work together in the Familial Cancer Program to help you understand your risk of cancer.

The Familial Cancer Program team can also work with your family members to determine their risks of developing cancer.

  • Collaboration. Mayo Clinic's Familial Cancer Program is staffed by experts from several fields who work together to ensure you receive exactly the care you need. Professionals who work in the Familial Cancer Program include specialists in genetic counseling and doctors with expertise in hereditary cancer syndromes.
  • Expertise. Familial cancer syndromes are rare, and it's important to seek evaluation from doctors familiar with your cancer. Mayo Clinic's highly trained specialists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all familial cancer syndromes.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic patients have access to participate in research studies that may help advance the understanding of cancer. Researchers study cancer risk factors (both genetic and nongenetic) and the effect of changing lifestyle factors — such as exercise or smoking — on cancer risk. Mayo doctors use these studies to develop new approaches to the prevention and management of genetic cancers.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic's Familial Cancer Program offers:

  • Cancer risk assessment and genetic testing
  • Cancer risk education and counseling
  • Customized screening and prevention options

Professionals in the Familial Cancer Program have experience with all hereditary cancer syndromes, including, but not limited to:

  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome
  • Dyskeratosis congenita
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis
  • Familial medullary thyroid cancer
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Hereditary breast and ovarian cancers
  • Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer
  • Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer
  • Hereditary paraganglioma-pheochromocytoma syndrome
  • Isolated hemihyperplasia (isolated hemihypertrophy)
  • Juvenile polyposis syndrome
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Lynch syndrome (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1 and type 2
  • MYH-associated polyposis
  • Neurofibromatosis, type 1 and type 2
  • Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (Gorlin syndrome)
  • Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
  • PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome, including Cowden syndrome
  • RASopathy syndromes
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Schwannomatosis
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

The Familial Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic involves specialists in medical genetics, doctors with expertise in hereditary cancer syndromes and other professionals who work together to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

The Familial Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic involves specialists in medical genetics, doctors with expertise in hereditary cancer syndromes and other professionals who work together to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

The Familial Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic involves specialists in medical genetics, doctors with expertise in hereditary cancer syndromes and other professionals who work together to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. The Familial Cancer Program also cares for children with hereditary cancer syndromes.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

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Researchers at Mayo Clinic are involved in extensive studies of the identification, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of familial cancers. At Mayo Clinic, you may have the opportunity to participate in studies designed to identify your susceptibility to cancer and improve your preventive care and treatment options.

Cancer research is conducted in coordination with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on hereditary cancer syndromes on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Jan. 06, 2016