Algoma Public Health
What is Genetic Counselling?
Genetic Counselling helps individuals and families understand genetic factors in diseases, disabilities and birth defects. When individuals are informed about testing, treatment and available choices, they are better able to make personal decisions about their health, pregnancies or their child's health.
Genetic Services are available to all residents of the Algoma District. Individuals are encouraged to discuss their concerns with their Primary Health Care Provider for a referral. If you don't have a doctor, call Health Care Connect: 1-866-532-3161 or register online on their website.
Have members of your family had cancer? Do you wish to learn more about your own risk? If so, the Genetic Counselling Program may be able to help.
You may be at risk for hereditary cancer if:
- Two or more related family members have had breast, ovarian, colon or prostate cancer
- Any of these relatives have had cancer when they were younger than 50 years of age
- Anyone has had more than one type of cancer.
Some types of cancer have been linked to certain genes in our body. At this time, the most is known about the genetics of breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and some other rare cancers.
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: March 22, 2017