Genetics & risk

One in three Australians will develop cancer in their lifetime, so it's not uncommon for members of the same family to develop unrelated cancers.

For a small number of families, an inherited faulty gene means their risk is much higher. If you're concerned about your family's cancer history, call 13 11 20 or talk to your doctor who can refer you to a family cancer centre.

Family history of cancer

Learn about what constitutes a risky family history.

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Family cancer centres

Find details of family cancer centres.

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Genetic testing

Learn more genetic testing and who should consider it.

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Genetic counselling

Learn about genetic counselling at family cancer centres.

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Victorian Cancer Registry

The Registry collects and provides data for cancer control.

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Useful links

Links to external websites about genetics and cancer.

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Questions about cancer?


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