The majority of cancers that are diagnosed are considered sporadic and are not primarily due to an inherited factor. Individuals can develop sporadic cancer due to chance events, environmental exposures, or certain lifestyle factors. However, in 5-10% of cancer cases, inherited factors (genes), contribute to the development of certain types of cancer in a family. At the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA), our team helps to identify families that may have a hereditary cancer syndrome and offer appropriate testing and/or screening. In each of the CCRA clinics, our genetic counselors offer hereditary cancer risk assessment, education, and genetic testing, when indicated. This information may be useful in managing a person’s risk to develop cancer. On theresearchside, the CCRA aims to integrate molecular genetics and the clinical study of cancer predisposition to further the understanding of hereditary cancer syndromes.

The Center for Cancer Risk Assessment Team


Administrative Director

Clinical Directors


Program Physicians


Genetics Counselors

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