Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program
The average woman in the U.S. has a 12 percent lifetime risk for
breast cancer. Each year more than 180,000 women in the U.S. are
diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of these women wonder if they are in
the 10 percent that have a hereditary form of the disease. Of those
women who have family histories, most tend to overestimate their breast
cancer risk and may be needlessly anxious.
Bryn Mawr Hospital's Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program
accurately evaluates your risk factors for breast cancer in an effort to
determine your lifetime breast cancer risk by evaluating both your
family profile and the well-defined National Cancer Institute risk
factors. You will gain an understanding about what it means to be at
average, moderate or high risk for developing breast cancer. With this
knowledge, you will be able to make informed healthcare decisons
regarding breast cancer risk.
How the Program Works
Program participants meet with a registered nurse to receive breast
self-exam instruction and with a certified genetic counselor to
discuss breast-cancer risk factors, a personalized risk profile,
risk-appropriate screening guidelines and risk-reduction options.
Individuals with personal and/or family cancer histories suggestive of
an inherited predisposition are offered genetic counseling and genetic
testing when appropriate. A medical oncologist and an outpatient
oncology social worker are available to participants as necessary.
Who Can Participate
The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program is open to any
person concerned about the risk of breast cancer. Individuals who may be
particularly interested are those with the following risk factors:
Personal history of early onset breast cancer (before age 50)
Personal or family history of breast cancer
Personal or family history of ovarian cancer
Personal or family history of male breast cancer
For more information on the Bryn Mawr Hospital Breast Cancer Risk
Assessment and Genetics Program, or to schedule an appointment, please
Bryn Mawr Hospital Cancer Risk and Genetics
Appointments and info 484.337.8767
Bryn Mawr Hospital
101 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 Directions
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.