Genetic counseling and testing

  Hours and appointments

The Center for Breast Health
255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901

For appointments, call Vanessa Marcell: 845-357-7462

While most breast cancer is sporadic, about 5 to 10% of the population gets cancer because of an inherited gene mutation, such as one in the genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. At The Center for Breast Health, our certified genetic counselor assesses cancer risk in people who already have a cancer diagnosis or those who have a strong family history of the disease.

If it’s appropriate for you to be tested, our genetic counselor will walk you through the process. Before your first appointment (which should take about 1½ hours), research your family history, at least three generations back, for any blood relative who had cancer. Knowing who in your family tree had cancer, what type it was, how old they were when they were diagnosed and other information will allow for a more accurate assessment of your risk, if there is one.

Our genetic counselor will help determine if your insurance will cover testing (most plans do), coordinate all testing, and discuss the results with you.


Vanessa Marcell, MS, CGC, is the manager of our cancer genetic counseling service. In many breast centers, genetic counseling is a part-time function, but for Ms. Marcell, it is her full-time expertise. Learn more about her.

Download forms for your genetic assessment

Advice and insights on the genetics of cancer
An interview with Vanessa Marcell, MS, CGC, manager, Cancer Genetic Counseling

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