In most cases, an abnormal gene responsible for cancer develops by chance or is related to a risk factor such as smoking or obesity. But in some instances, individuals inherit an abnormal, or mutated, gene from one or both of their parents. This hereditary mutation contributes to the risk of developing cancer during a person’s lifetime. Cancers that affect multiple family members and pass from generation to generation are referred to as familial cancer syndromes.

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic, our physicians and genetic counselors use personal and family history as well as genetic testing to assess cancer risk of individuals and their family members.

Cancer types for which mutations have been found and genetic testing is available include:

Cancer Risk & Prevention Clinic Locations

Request an Appointment

The information you provide on this secure form will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment with a UChicago Medicine Cancer Risk & Prevention Clinic expert.

You can also make an appointment with our providers by:

Scheduling a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home

– Newly diagnosed patients can schedule a 15-minute introductory Express Expert Cancer Opinion virtual session at no cost

Requesting an online second opinion from our specialists

To speak to someone directly, please call 1-855-702-8222. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Cancer Risk & Prevention Clinic, please call UCM Physician Connect at 1-855-702-8222


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