Cancer Services

Cancer Prevention Center


Cancer prevention is personalized at the new Lake Health Cancer Prevention Center!

Cancer occurs in about one in three adults in their lifetime. Because inherited gene mutations make it more likely you will develop cancer, genetic testing can help you understand your personal risks for cancer. We offer a complete risk assessment questionnaire that helps determine if you may be a candidate for genetic testing. If you are, we offer a simple testing process. Everything is coordinated by your health care provider.

How does it work?

If you’re a candidate, we take a sample of blood (blood draws are available at many Lake Health locations). We send this sample to a special laboratory at Ambry Genetics that focuses on gene panel testing. Each test looks at 34 genes linked to an increased lifetime risk for one or more cancers, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Melanoma
  • And more.

Is it true that cancer runs in families?

Many people have a family history of cancer, but only 5-10% of cancer is hereditary. Hereditary cancer is a clustering of cancer in a family due to inherited gene changes (mutations), which can be passed from parent to child. This means that some of us inherit a higher likelihood of developing cancer.

If you test positive for a genetic mutation, your close family members (parents, brothers, sisters and children) have a 50/50 random chance of also having the same mutation.

If genetic testing shows I’m at higher risk for a certain type of cancer, what happens next?

About three weeks after your blood draw, a Lake Health Cancer Prevention Center doctor will interpret your results and help explain them to you in detail. Knowing this information helps you and your doctor have a better chance at early cancer detection and prevention. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Starting screenings like mammograms or colonoscopies at an earlier age
  • More frequent screenings, or different types of screenings
  • Preventive surgeries or medications
  • Lifestyle changes

Is it covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans cover genetic testing for cancer risk. Since your out-of-pocket cost may vary based on your plan, Ambry genetics offers personalized verification of insurance coverage and help understanding your costs. Learn more about your specific coverage at 949-900-5500 or email with any questions about cost or insurance coverage.

How do I start?

Ask your Lake Health primary care physician about determining if you’re a candidate for genetic testing, or contact the Lake Health Cancer Prevention Center team to learn more!

Lake Health Cancer Prevention Center
Perrico Health Campus
4176 State Route 306
Willoughby, OH 44094