Why Participate in ICARE?


You and your family may or may not benefit directly from your participation in ICARE; however, by participating in this registry, you are helping provide information that will be useful to:

  • Describe the natural history of cancer development, tumor progression and response to treatment in hereditary cancers
  • Describe the effects of surveillance and prophylactic interventions on cancer detection and development in individuals at risk for hereditary cancer
  • Describe the effects of the cancer genetic counseling and testing process on individuals at risk for hereditary cancer

ICARE provides participants with periodic updates on the latest scientific findings about clinical cancer genetics and new research protocols or projects for which they may be eligible through newsletters, electronic information transfer, and/or other approaches.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and women
  • Aged 18 or older
  • Have a personal and/or family history of cancer

What Are Participants Asked to Do?

Participation in this study includes completion of one or more of the following:

  • Informed Consent form
  • Initial Questionnaire
  • Follow-up questionnaires to gather updates to your personal and family history
  • Provide copies of your genetic test results and family tree (if applicable)
  • Donating a saliva sample (optional)






How Do I Join ICARE?

To join our registry, please click below. Once you complete the consent form, you will be automatically directed to the online release forms and initial questionnaire. You may choose to complete the questionnaire immediately or save and return later.

Online ICARE Consent Form
To download a blank copy of the consent form for your records, please click here.

There is no cost to participate and communications can be conducted via phone, email, or mail. If you would like to complete the materials on paper, please complete our contact form.

What is Hereditary Cancer?

Most cancer is sporadic, meaning it happens by chance. Although everyone has a chance of developing cancer, there are certain factors (e.g., lifestyle habits or family genetics) than can increase or decrease this chance. However, a small number of people (~10% of the population or less) inherit altered genes that may predispose them to developing particular cancers. Since the 1990s, several inherited cancer genes have been discovered, for which genetic testing is available. Individuals interested in learning more about whether they or their family members may be at a higher risk for cancer development due to an inherited gene mutation should consult with a specialist with experience in the area of hereditary cancer, cancer risk assessment, and genetic counseling and testing.

For more information about hereditary cancer predisposition, please select the links below:

PDQ® Cancer Information Summaries: GeneticsNational Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

How to Locate a Genetics Professional Near You

To find a genetics health professional near you, please visit the following websites:

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Find a Genetic CounselorAmerican College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Find a Genetic Service

Participant Resources

Brief Educational Video About Inherited Cancer Genetic Testing

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

GINA is a federal law passed in 2008 to protect individuals from genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment. These entities cannot request, require, or use an individual’s genetic information to make decisions about their eligibility and coverage. GINA does not, however, protect an individual from genetic discrimination in supplemental insurance such as life and disability.


The Family Link Between Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Black Women

A brochure to raise awareness about inherited breast cancer among Black women. This brochure was developed as part of the Breast Cancer Genetics Research and Education for African American Women (B-GREAT) Team, which represents the academic-community partnership (consisting of community leaders and researchers) that was developed to address breast cancer health disparities in Black women.

A Patient’s Guide to Lynch Syndrome

Please select the link above to visit the Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation website, where you can access a guide intended to provide information to those affected by Lynch syndrome but should not replace discussions or advice from your medical provider.

Does Cancer Run in Your Family?

This patient-focused brochure describes inherited cancer risk and how meeting with a genetics professional may benefit you or your family members.

Evaluating Patients for Inherited Cancer Susceptibility

This provider-focused brochure provides information on genetic counseling and testing services.

Talking About BRCA in Your Family Tree

This booklet is intended for parents who are preparing to discuss familial BRCA mutation with their child or children.


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Bright Pink

Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.

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Bring Your Brave Campaign

This campaign provides information about breast cancer to women younger than age 45 by sharing real stories about young women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

Fertile Action


Fertile Action is a cancer charity working to ensure fertile women touched by the disease can become mothers. We provide education to patients and physicians, decrease fertility preservation costs, offer fertility scholarships, and advocate that cancer doctors have fertility conversations with patients.

Hereditary Colon Cancer Takes Guts

Nonprofit organization serving the hereditary colorectal cancer community through extending life expectancy, enhancing life quality, and instilling hope in those diagnosed with hereditary colon cancer syndromes.


HIS Breast Cancer Awareness

This informative web site was created to assist men, women, health care professionals, and anyone who is interested in learning about the risk, treatment(s), emotional aspect and stigmatization of men dealing with this disease.

Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance

The Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance (formerly the Male Breast Cancer Coalition) brings men with breast cancer together with researchers, clinicians, and oncologists around the world for the purpose of advancing research, clinical trials, and treatments for men diagnosed with breast cancer. Their mission is to advocate for all men diagnosed with breast cancer to ensure they receive equal access to support and treatment; to serve as a source of support and resources for the men, their caregivers, and their families; to ensure that men are appropriately represented in research and clinical trials, and to recruit volunteer “ambassadors” to increase awareness of breast cancer in men on a global scale. To learn more, please visit


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

To read expert-reviewed summaries on hereditary cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query Information Summaries on genetics.

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) 


The mission of the NSGC is to advance the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services. Please click the link above to find a genetic counselor in your area or to learn more about how genetic counseling can impact your healthcare.


Young Survival Coalition

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.

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