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Cancer Genetics

Inheritability of Liposarcomas

07/06/2007

Question:

Are liposarcomas hereditary?

Answer:

Liposarcomas sometimes develop in individuals with hereditary cancer susceptibility syndromes, but they are very rarely hereditary. Families with hereditary cancer susceptibility have some of the following features: individuals cancers at younger ages than typically seen, individuals with rare cancers, multiple individuals in more than one generation with cancers, and a limited number of types of cancers.

If your family has these features, you may wish to consider scheduling an appointment with a genetic counselor or medical geneticist. You can find a genetic counselor by visiting the website for the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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Response by:

Duane D Culler, PhD, MS Duane D Culler, PhD, MS
Clinical Instructor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University