Breast and Ovarian Cancer genetic counselling service

Genetic Counselling Australia is pleased to now offer pre-test genetic counselling for Breast and Ovarian cancer genetic testing. This service is aimed specifically at individuals who do not have a family history of breast and ovarian cancer.

Whilst all cancer has a genetic cause, most cancers are not inherited (passed down in the family). Recent advancements in genetic testing can give insight into whether an individual has a genetic variation that links to a higher chance of developing breast and/or ovarian cancers and whether there is a risk to other family members. Breast and ovarian cancers can be caused by several different genetic variations.

Genetic Counselling Australia are proud to partner with Genomic Diagnostics for their breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing. Genomic Diagnostics is the nationally co-ordinated genetic testing service for Specialist Diagnostic Services, also known as SDS Pathology. They are one of Australia’s longest running DNA testing organisations, responsible for testing more people every year than anyone else in the country.

Patients can be referred to this service by a General Practitioner (GP) or medical specialist and do not need to have any relevant family history. During these consultations, Genetic Counselling Australia will explain all facets of testing and obtain full informed consent from the patient, which is a requirement before testing can be initiated.