Information collected from your personal and family medical history, as well as from genetic testing, helps you make informed treatment decisions based on your own familial risks. When it is studied along with information from thousands of families in our community, it becomes a valuable tool to help translational researchers identify, track and address risk factors in our state.
Patterns highlighted by this information are so important to helping us understand and learn more about cancer that ChristianaCare broadened its own database into a statewide high-risk family cancer registry — the first and still only program in the nation to look at hereditary factors from a community perspective. With information on more than 260,000 individuals and 7,000 families extending back generations, the Ruth Ann Minner High-Risk Family Cancer Registry is a critical resource helping to drive down Delaware’s mortality rate from cancer twice as fast as any other state in the nation.
If you are currently have cancer or at some point were diagnosed with cancer — or if genetic testing indicates that you are at high risk for developing cancer in the future — you are eligible to participate in this important cancer registry. ChristianaCare’s licensed genetic counseling experts will document your family’s cancer risk and offer information about diagnostic screening and referrals for medical or emotional support to manage those risks.
The Ruth Ann Minner High-Risk Family Cancer Registry provides valuable information to help scientists develop new research studies for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Knowing your personal risk based on your family health history may help you and your doctor prevent cancer or detect it early when it is most treatable.
Make an appointment today to complete your personal cancer risk assessment with a licensed genetic counselor, and to learn more about how you can be part of Delaware’s high-risk family cancer registry. Call 302-623-4593, option 1, or toll-free at 1-800-811-8116.