Essential Elements Of Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment, Counseling, And Testing

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

August 1, 2012

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

The purpose of this document is to present a current and comprehensive set of practice recommendations for effective genetic cancer risk assessment, counseling, and testing. These guidelines were developed by the NSGC's Familial Cancer Risk Counseling Special Interest Group which includes NSGC members providing cancer genetics services.

Target Patient Population

Patients with high genetic cancer risk

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Hospital, Laboratory services, Outpatient

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Counseling, Assessment and screening, Prevention, Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D055088 - Early Detection of Cancer, D005820 - Genetic Testing, D005817 - Genetic Counseling, D006580 - Genetic Carrier Screening


genetic testing, cancer screening, genetic counseling