(718) 226-6230

256 Mason Avenue, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, New York 10305

Sporadic vs. hereditary cancer

At Staten Island University Hospital, we offer cancer services ranging from radiation and surgical oncology to pediatric oncology and our hereditary cancer genetics program.

Sporadic cancer

Most cancers develop due to genetic damage we sustain over a lifetime. When your genes acquire defects that alter the cells' ability to grow and divide properly, tumors form. Cancers that occur because of these genetic changes are considered to be sporadic. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of all cancer is deemed sporadic.

Family clusters of cancer

When cancer occurs in your family more often than what would be expected by chance, it is considered a familial cancer cluster. Familial clusters have been reported for many types of cancer and are believed to be due to a combination of risk factors which include inherited susceptibility, environmental factors and chance.

Hereditary cancer

Cancer that results from genetic changes that are passed on from one generation to the next is considered hereditary. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers fall into this category.

To speak with a member of our team about hereditary versus sporadic cancer, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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256 Mason Avenue , 2nd Floor
Staten Island, New York 10305
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