Whitney Espinel shares what you should look for in your family members and if you should visit a genetic counselor to see if you or your loved ones have an increased risk of developing cancer.

Learn more about this topic in the full-length interview.">

May 19, 2017 — Looking at your family health history could give you an insight on your risk of cancer. On this Health Minute, genetics counselor Whitney Espinel shares what you should look for in your family members and if you should visit a genetic counselor to see if you or your loved ones have an increased risk of developing cancer.

Learn more about this topic in the full-length interview.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Just like there are market indicators, there are also indicators that you might get cancer. Whitney Espinel is a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute. And what indicators should a person look for?

Whitney: Some red flags that might indicate a genetic predisposition to cancer include cancers occurring at an earlier age than expected, for example breast cancer under 50, family members with the same or related types of cancers, multiple people with breast cancer, breast and ovarian or multiple people with colon cancer or multiple generations of people with similar cancers.

Interviewer: And if I am seeing those indicators in my family, what should I do?

Whitney: If you're concerned about cancer risks in your family, you can talk to your doctor whether or not you should seek genetic testing or talk with a genetic counselor. Genetic counselor can help you understand and manage your cancer risks that might include cancer screenings, medications or reducing high-risk behaviors.

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