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The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

You are probably familiar with at least some of the risk factors for breast, ovarian and gastrointestinal cancer such as family history, age and reproductive history. You also may have heard about the discovery of certain genes that contribute to cancer risk. But how do these factors add up for you? Are you at increased risk for cancer? Is there a specific gene involved in your personal and/or family history of cancer?

The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Pennsylvania Hospital can help answer these and other questions. Designed for men and women who want information about their risk for breast, ovarian and gastrointestinal cancers, it is a clinical and research program that can help both people with cancer and individuals who may be at an increased risk for cancer. Led by Douglas Beach, MD, and Lee Hartner, MD, and program coordinator Beth Souders, MS, CGC, the program will:

  • Help you understand what is known about risk factors for cancer.
  • Answer questions and talk with you about your personal cancer related concerns.
  • May help guide surgical decisions for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
  • Review your family history, medical history and lifestyle risk factors.
  • Talk to you about genetic testing and assist in making a decision about this option, when appropriate.
  • Provide a written summary of your level of risk.
  • Outline a plan for continued monitoring for early detection and personal risk reduction.
  • Evaluate your eligibility to participate in research studies.
    The program also provides information for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and are interested in learning about the role of genetics in their diagnoses.
  • Genetic counseling services are offered at Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Medicine at Radnor.

Education and support programs are held periodically throughout the year for individuals at high risk for cancer.

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