University of Cincinnati Institute Opens Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Program

University of Cincinnati Institute Opens Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Program
With the aim of identifying people at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, and preventing progression in those who are, the University of Cincinnati (UC) Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center has started a risk assessment and management program. While one in eight women will at some point develop breast cancer, the average risk during a 10-year timeframe is less than one in 25. Experts now can better spot those at moderately high or very high risk.  That’s where the new Center comes in. “The goals of the high risk program are to promote awareness of levels of breast and ovarian cancer risk to patients, families and healthcare providers, and to provide an expert evaluation for the management of high-risk patients,” Elyse Lower, center director and a professor at the UC College of Medicine, said in a press release. Based on individual risk assessment, Lower said, patients will be offered genetic testing and counseling, along with primary prevention methods to lower the likelihood of cancer development. Patients found to be at risk have the option of being referred to specialists either at UC or in the greater Cincinnati area, or of seeking their own care. The university’s team includes several oncologists and an imaging specialist, with the program planned to operate on Monday mornings.  “Patients will receive a personalized care plan evaluating risk and the next steps,” Lower said of the program’s inter
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