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GRU launches "area's first" cancer genetics clinic



February 22, 2013


About five to 10 percent of all cancers can be traced to a hereditary link—but patients with those genes may be five times more likely to develop cancer.

Georgia Regents University Cancer Center has launched, what it says is, the area’s first dedicated cancer genetics clinic, so patients can find out if they are at greater risk and work proactively with their physicians to try to reduce that risk.

Families who may benefit from genetic testing and counseling include those who are diagnosed with cancer before age 50; have multiple close family members with the same type of cancer or related cancers; have a rare cancer or unusual tumor; or have at least two primary cancer diagnoses.

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