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Genetic Counseling

Who Should Consider Genetic Counseling?

A child or individual has a personal or family history of:

  • One or more birth defects such as congenital heart defects, spina bifida, and cleft lip.
  • Altered growth patterns.
  • Developmental delay, mental retardation or certain neurological disorders.
  • A known or suspected genetic or chromosomal disorder, such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome neurofibromatosis or Marfan syndrome.
  • Major behavioral/psychiatric problem.
  • Seizure disorder.
  • Certain types of cancer, such as early onset breast or colon cancer, ovarian cancer at any age. 

A couple with:

  • Multiple pregnancy losses.
  • Ethnic backgrounds associated with an increased risk for genetic disease.
  • Consanguinity.
  • Advanced parental age.
  • Abnormal prenatal test results, including ultrasound, serum marker screening and/or prenatal diagnosis results.
  • Infertility, including egg donor screening.

Cancer genetic counseling is also available through the Moffitt Cancer Center Lifetime Cancer Screening Center.