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The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP)

The Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital offers the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP) for people concerned about their risk for cancer. This program, offered in collaboration with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, offers information, evaluation and follow up for those concerned about a personal or genetic risk for cancer. The program primarily addresses the risk for breast, ovarian and gastrointestinal cancers, but is also available for other types of cancer and cancer syndromes.

A multidisciplinary team reviews a woman’s personal and family history, discusses the risk factors involved in hereditary cancer, determines if genetic testing would be appropriate, and outlines a plan for continued monitoring for early detection and personal risk reduction.

Learning more about individualized risks for developing cancer may help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about health care. Individuals with any of the following in their family history may benefit from this program:

  • A cancer diagnosis at an early age, particularly breast, colon or ovarian cancers diagnosed under the age of 50.
  • Multiple generations of relatives affected with the same or related cancers.
  • Family members with more than one type of cancer.
  • Bilateral breast cancer (on both sides or in both breasts).
  • Family members diagnosed with cancer at an age considered early for that particular cancer.
  • Family members with more than one type of cancer, such as a woman with both breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Rare or unusual cancers.

For more information, contact Jill Siegfried, MS, Program Coordinator and Genetic Counselor, at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center, at 215-829-6528.

Learning more about individualized risks for developing cancer may help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about health care.

 


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