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Finding a cancer genetics specialist

Health care providers who are specially trained in genetics can help you more clearly understand your risk for hereditary cancer. Geneticists are physicians with specialized expertise in hereditary diseases. Certified genetic counselors are health care professionals who have had specialized training and have earned a Master's degree in genetic counseling. There are several ways to find a genetics expert:

  • The National Society of Genetic Counselors website offers a search tool for finding genetic counselors by state and specialty. To find a genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetics, choose "cancer" under the options "Area of Practice/Specialization." 
  • A company called InformedDNA provides genetic counseling consultations by telephone with board-certified genetic counselors.
  • The Gene Tests website which is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, offers a searchable database for locating genetics clinics by area of specialization and by state, zip-code, or professional affiliation.
  • FORCE's toll-free helpline at: 866-288-RISK, ext. 704, can connect you with a volunteer board-certified genetic counselor who can answer general questions about genetic testing and hereditary cancer and help you find a genetic counselor near you. 
  • The National Cancer Institute has a lookup tool for healthcare providers offering genetic counseling and testing. This tool also provides information on the certification of the providers listed.

Updated 12/27/16

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