Jason Shandler is a genetic counselor at the Upstate Cancer Center.
Genetic counseling can help determine a person's risk for specific cancers
Most cancers are not hereditary, but in cases where patients or their doctor believes they may be at risk for a cancer that is inherited from family members, genetic counseling may be of use. Upstate Cancer Center genetic counselor Jason Shandler explains how cancer risk is assessed, the different types of mutations and whether you can gain relevant information from commercial DNA testing services. He also talks about the genetic concerns of breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers.