If you or a loved one wants to learn about how your genetics influence your risk for developing cancer, count on the expertise of Kayla York, LCGC, a board-certified genetic counselor at Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls, SD.
Compassionate & Expert Genetic Counseling
If you receive a cancer diagnosis or have a family history of cancer, you may benefit from genetic testing and counseling. By looking at your family history and discussing genetic testing options, York can provide you with personalized insight about the best prevention, screening and treatment options.
"For those who’ve received a cancer diagnosis, we talk about treatment options and the implications for their family members. For those who don’t have cancer themselves, but do have a family history of cancer, we’ll talk about their risk for developing cancer in addition to the best prevention and screening options."
Gathering a Family History
In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking, York says that learning about your family’s health history is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
"Gather as much information as you can about your family’s health history. When you build a family history, we can talk more about what it means for you and identify any cancer-related risks we should stay ahead of."
In her free time, York strives to be as active as she can by hiking, running and enjoying the outdoors. She also loves reading books and traveling all over the world. "I’m always planning my next trip – asking myself where I can explore and what new cultures I can learn about," she says.