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Smilow Cancer Genetics & Prevention Program

The Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program team includes geneticists, genetic counselors, physicians, and nurses who work together to provide cancer risk assessment for our patients, and taking steps to prevent the development of cancer.

We offer a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to the care of patients at increased risk of cancer, to make new research advances in the field, and to improve awareness about cancer risk and prevention through education and community outreach in New Haven and throughout Connecticut. 

Our Approach

The following people may be at risk for a hereditary or familial cancer. Those with:

  • A personal or family history of early-onset cancer (younger than 45-50 years)
  • Several family members on the same side of the family with cancer
  • A personal or family history of breast cancer and Jewish ancestry
  • A personal or family history of ovarian, pancreatic, or metastatic prostate cancer at any age
  • A personal or family history of multiple colon polyps
  • A personal or family history of multiple cancer diagnoses within the same individual
  • A personal or family history of a rare type of cancer/tumor (breast cancer in a male; medullary thyroid cancer; sebaceous carcinoma or adenoma)

Our aims are: 

  • Clinical: Provide patient-centered care and foster collaboration among health care providers.
  • Research: Advance the field of cancer genetics, risk prediction and prevention, and related treatment options.
  • Education: Provide clinical/didactic experiences for genetic counseling students, medical students, residents, fellows, and other providers.
  • Community Outreach: Promote awareness of hereditary cancer risk and provide broad-based education about cancer prevention options.