Cancer Risk Assessment & Genetic Screening in Cancer Prone Families

Principal Investigator: Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.D.

Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Screening in Cancer Prone Families (protocol 8962) is a research study designed to identify persons and families who may have inherited a gene (a basic unit of heredity) that may be involved in the development of certain cancers that run in families such as colon, breast, ovarian, melanoma (skin cancer), etc. Study participants have, or have had, cancer (e.g. breast, ovarian, colon, melanoma, etc.) and have several other close family members who have been diagnosed with cancer.   This study began in 1997 and aims to screen 10,000 individuals and their families.