Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program
Each year, at least 189,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Many
of them wonder if they are in the 25% that have a familial or inherited
form of the disease.
Lankenau Medical Center's Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics
Program is designed to evaluate your prostate cancer risk. You will gain
an understanding about what it means to be at average, moderate or high
risk for prostate cancer. With this knowledge, you will be able to make
informed decisions about cancer screening, prevention and risk
Program participants meet with a certified genetic counselor who
specializes in cancer prevention. The expertise of a medical oncologist
and an outpatient oncology social worker are available as needed.
How is Risk Assessed?
To estimate prostate cancer risk, personal history factors, such as
prostate screening habits, history of benign prostatic lesions or
previous cancers, diet, lifestyle and ethnicity are important to
Because prostate cancer can have a hereditary or familial basis, a
family cancer history is also obtained and reviewed. Certain genes have
been linked to an increase in prostate cancer risk and many genes
associated with hereditary prostate cancer have yet to be discovered.
Families in which there are multiple cases of prostate cancer or
individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer under the age of 55 are
encouraged to consider being a part of research efforts in this arena.
Who Can Participate?
This program is open to any male concerned about prostate risk.
Individuals who may be more interested include men with:
Prostate cancer before age 55
History of benign prostatic disease
Father/brother with prostate cancer
2 or more relatives with prostate cancer on the
same side of the family
Relatives with breast cancer before age 50
and/or with ovarian cancer
African-American or Jewish ancestry
For more information on the Lankenau Medical Center Prostate
Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program, or to schedule an
appointment, please call 484-476-8150.
Lankenau Cancer Center
Schedule an appointment with a Lankenau cancer specialist:
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.