Cancer Prevention and Hereditary Risk

Using your genetics to predict and prevent cancer.

Each person is unique, with a different combination of genetics and environment. Through research, we have learned that some cancers may be linked to identifiable genes. This can provide a prediction of the risk of developing certain cancers in the future. Similarly, heredity adds to the risk of developing some cancers. 

Cancer risk assessments

Based on the research we have, we can offer risk assessments that may allow you to identify the likelihood of developing cancer. 

Hereditary cancer risk assessments help you understand your potential risk for developing cancer. Those taking the assessment may or may not have a family history of cancer. These assessments can help you learn what steps you can take to reduce risk, prevent the onset or detect the disease early, when treatment is most effective. There is no fee for the risk-assessment questionnaire and initial consultation, through the generosity of Harper's Hope. 

Cancer research focused on the prevention of cancer

Clinical trials give you the opportunity to take part in studies that enhance the understanding of different forms of cancer. Based on these trials, you may be eligible for a new treatment, or you may aid in future treatments by providing research on your cancer.

At Methodist, 14% of patients participate in clinical trials - almost 3 times the national average. Prevention trials are conducted on all forms of cancer, including breast, lung, prostate and colorectal. All studies are strictly supervised and participation is voluntary.