CHH provides patients a breast cancer risk quiz along with risk assessment programs designed to determine your risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
Breast cancer forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. About 12 out of every 100 women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives. Certain risk factors increase a woman's chance of getting breast cancer, including:
Five percent to 10 percent of all breast cancers are thought to be hereditary.
For most women, annual mammograms and breast examinations may be adequate to ensure early detection of breast cancer. For women with a higher risk of developing breast cancer because of family or personal history, a more comprehensive early detection program is necessary. Depending upon your concerns, our Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program or our Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program may be helpful in determining your risk. The cancer risk assessment programs are directed by Lisa Muto, DNP, WHNP-BC, APNG, OCN. Please email her or call 304.399.6516 with questions, or for more information.
The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program is specifically designed for women who have NOT had any breast health issues, such as abnormal mammograms, discharge, breast cancer, etc. It is only for women who may be at increased risk for breast cancer. The program offers women a comprehensive consultation with a trained breast surgeon and the genetic nurse practitioner for a review of your medical and family history and a clinical breast exam. A risk assessment is completed, and a personalized screening program is developed for you. If other screenings or appointments with specialists are necessary, they will be set up for you.
Insurance is billed for the consultation. Patients must have a physician referral and meet specific criteria. You are welcome to contact the genetic nurse practitioner to discuss the criteria for enrollment in this program.
The Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program is for men and women at risk for any kind of hereditary cancer, whether they have a personal or a family history of cancer or they just have questions about whether genetic testing is appropriate for them. This program is open to anyone who is interested. A doctor’s referral is not required and the initial visit is free. In most cases, only one or two visits are necessary. Insurance is not billed for the visits, but insurance will be billed for genetic testing if it is done, as well as any follow-up that is recommended based on the results of the genetic testing.
For more information about cancer risk assessment, please call 304.399.6572.