Hereditary cancer results from changes in genetic information that is passed from parents to their children. Individuals with changes in their genetic information have an increased risk of developing cancer. They may also pass the genetic change on to their children. Approximately 1 in every 10 individuals with cancer has an inherited (genetic) form of cancer.
Many insurance plans cover the cost of genetic counseling. We can help you get prior authorization from your insurance company. Coverage for genetic testing is on a case-by-case basis, and coverage depends on your individual medical carrier.
University of New Mexico
Hereditary Cancer Assessment Program
Contact: Lori Ballinger
Phone (505) 925-0156
FAX (505) 925-0187