You should consider seeing a Genetic Counselor if you have a family history of:
1. A known genetic disorder. Examples include: cystic fibrosis, hereditary cancer, and or Tay-Sachs in a family member.
2. A known genetic mutation. For example, an identified breast cancer mutation such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, or an identified mutation for Cystic Fibrosis.
3. Health conditions that are present in more than one family member. For example, colon cancer or rare diseases in more than one relative.
3. Health problems that occur at an earlier than expected age. For example, cancer before the age of 50 in any relative.
4. Sudden cardiac death in a person who otherwise seemed healthy.
5. Diseases in paired organs. For example, diseases that affect both eyes, or a disease that affects both lungs.
6. Birth defects, growth or development problems, pregnancy concerns. For example, congenital heart defects, cleft palate, dysmorphic features in a newborn, or delays in speech or school.
7. Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. If there is a family history of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, couples should seek genetic counseling prior to pregnancy to consider carrier screening.
8. Couples who are related by blood.