About Us

The Prostate Cancer Risk Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is for men who may be at risk for prostate cancer due to genetic mutations or a family history of cancer.

You may know that women with BRCA mutations have increased risk of breast cancer. It is less well-known that men with BRCA or other cancer-related mutations are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer.

The purpose of the Prostate Cancer Risk Clinic is to create a personal screening plan and help schedule any follow-up care for men at high risk for prostate cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can visit the clinic?

The Prostate Cancer Risk Clinic is for men ages 35-70 who meet one or both of the following criteria:

  1. Men who have had genetic tests showing a cancer-related gene mutation or syndrome
    • BRCA1 or BRCA2
    • Lynch syndrome
    • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
    • DNA repair genes such as ATM and CHEK2
    • Please call 801-587-9555 if your genetic tests show different mutations. Our genetic counselors can help you decide if this clinic is right for you.
  2. Men with a strong family history of prostate cancer
    • A first-degree relative (brother or father) diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 55 or younger
    • Two or more first- or second-degree relatives with prostate cancer

When I visit the clinic, what will I do?

  • Review your personal and family health history and lifestyle factors that may contribute to prostate cancer risk
  • Have blood and urine testing to screen for prostate cancer
  • Get a physical exam
  • Talk with a clinic team member about your individual screening plan and follow-up care based on test results
  • Get a prostate biopsy if test results are abnormal
  • Talk with a doctor or genetic counselor about the chance to take part in a research study about prostate cancer risk

Do I need genetic testing before I come?

No. Your family history of prostate cancer may be strong enough to qualify you for this clinic. If you haven’t been tested, your visit can start with genetic counseling to determine what tests may be needed.

Our clinic will determine if you need a genetic counseling appointment at the time of scheduling, and you would need to come in and see a genetic counselor prior to meeting with Dr. O’Neil in the prostate clinic.

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Resources

Research teams at Huntsman Cancer Institute want to learn how inherited factors, genetics, behaviors, and the environment may lead to different types of cancer. Teams include physicians, genetic counselors, research coordinators, and support personnel.

We offer studies and specialty services for people at high risk of cancer due to genetic factors, health behaviors, and the enviroment. People who are eligible can learn ways to detect, prevent, or manage cancer through our education, screening, and risk modeling services.

High Risk Breast Cancer Registry

One of six National Cancer Institute-funded breast cancer registries. We are no longer recruiting new study participants, but we continue to collect data from people already enrolled. Call 801-587-9555 for more information. 

High Risk Melanoma Research Clinic

For patients and families with a strong history of melanoma. We also provide information to researchers studying the disease. Call 801-581-5895 for more information.

Pancreas Cancer Research Program

Specialists work to learn more about genetic and other factors that contribute to pancreas cancer. Call 801-585-6048 for more information.