All in the Family - Cancer and Genetics

Hosted by Dana Farengo Clark, MS

Does cancer run in your family?  Most people have someone in their family who has had cancer, but some families have a hereditary or genetic factor that can greatly increase their chances of developing cancer. Cancer may run in your family if you or your close relatives have:

  • Breast cancer before the age of 50
  • Colon or uterine cancer before the age of 50
  • Ovarian cancer at any age
  • Multiple cancers in the same person
  • Male breast cancer
  • The same type of cancer in two or more people in two generations
  • A history of ten or more color polyps
  • Breast or ovarian cancer and Eastern European Jewish ancestry

Dana Farengo Clark is the Certified Genetic Counselor for Cooper Cancer Institute.  She received her Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is board certified in genetic counseling.

Dana works closely with Dr. Generosa Grana to direct the Cancer Genetics Program.  She meets with patients and their families to evaluate cancer risk, facilitate genetic testing and help patients understand the implications of test results that may guide their medical management decisions.