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Genetic Testing / Counseling

Kettering Health Network affiliated OB/GYNs include their patients in a healthcare screening and prevention program that assesses a patient's risk for developing familial and inherited cancers.

The purpose of the program is to identify patients who are at an increased risk for specific cancers, determine what their risk level is, and define a health care plan for the patient based on findings.

There are two layers to determining a patient's risk for developing inherited and familial cancers. The first is utilizing genetic markers.

At participating provider offices, patients will complete a family history questionnaire every twelve months. The results of the questionnaire indicate if a patient is considered to be at an increased risk for hereditary or familial cancers. If an increased risk is present, the patient will have a simple blood draw or saliva test collected which will then be evaluated for the presence of cancer-causing genes.

If a patient tests positive for a gene, it helps guide his or her physician team to determine if the patient needs additional screening or monitoring, and gives him or her the best information to make an informed decision regarding preventive procedures.

If a patient does have an increased risk, the next step in the program is to determine their risk level. Physicians use standard models to calculate a patient's risk score, which will provide guidelines to determine the patient's chances of developing cancer.