Risk Assessment Program

Women concerned that they may be at risk for breast cancer can enroll in our high-risk assessment programgirl mom. Through genetic screening and, if appropriate, genetic testing, the risk for breast cancer is evaluated. Women at high risk can take part in a cancer prevention program, which incorporates risk-reduction strategies such as medications or prophylactic surgery (in cases of extreme risk). In some cases, women may overestimate their risk, and genetic counseling can help alleviate fear through education.

The risk assessment process involves:

  • A detailed review of your family history of cancer
  • A look at your own medical history
  • A way to determine your breast cancer risk
  • A personal plan to reduce your cancer risk

Reviewing Your Family History
Scientists believe that about 10 percent of cancers are hereditary, or passed down through the family. Talking to family members about the types of cancers in the family as well as the age when family members were diagnosed are the first steps in the cancer risk assessment process.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors        

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Elevated estrogen levels
  • Early menstruation (before age 12) or late menopause (after age 55)
  • Never having been pregnant or having first baby after age 30
  • Exposure to radiation
  • A mother, grandmother, or sister who has had breast cancer

Your Medical History
When you participate in our Risk Assessment Program, you will complete a Health History Questionnaire. These questions will ask you about your personal and medical history, and your family’s cancer history. Completing the Health History Questionnaire before your first visit is important so your risk assessment counselor has the information needed to help determine your cancer risk.
Examining Your Risk
During your first visit, you will meet with a risk assessment counselor who will explain your personal risks for developing cancer. At this appointment, you will review your family history of cancer, and your personal and medical history. If you are at high risk for developing breast cancer, we will discuss genetic testing options with you and you may be reffered to a genetic counselor.
Reducing Your Risk
Your risk assessment counselor will develop a plan specialized for you to help lower your risk and possibly prevent cancer from developing.

For more information, call Mia Naylor 561-132-8550.