The Paoli Cancer Risk Assessment Program is designed to provide
individualized cancer risk assessment services to individuals and
families at increased risk of cancer due to family or personal history.
These services include:
Overview of cancer risk factors, including genetics, lifestyle
and environmental exposure
Comprehensive, cancer-specific genetic evaluation, including
pedigree analysis and risk calculation
Discussion of customized risk reduction options and
risk-appropriate screening recommendations, including
opportunities for research
Coordination of genetic testing, when appropriate, and
interpretation of genetic test results
Breast self-exam instruction
Referral resources for follow-up and support
Who Can Participate
Evaluation at the Paoli Cancer Risk Assessment Program is available to
any person concerned about cancer risk. Individuals meet with a genetic
counselor specialized in cancer genetics and a registered nurse focused
on cancer prevention, when indicated. A medical oncologist and
outpatient oncology social worker are also part of the team.
Cancer Risk Checklist
Please review this list of questions to see if you might benefit from a
Does cancer seem to run in your family?
Have you or family members been diagnosed with cancer at a young
Have you or people in your family had more than one cancer
Do any of your relatives have a gene mutation (abnormal gene)
that increases cancer risk?
Are you concerned you might have an increased cancer risk?
If you answered yes to any of the above, or if you have questions about
cancer risk and genetic testing, please contact the Paoli Hospital
Cancer Risk Assessment Program.
The Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program
This one-of-a-kind program is designed for women with a family history
of breast and ovarian cancer. Learn about the risk factors associated
with these forms of cancer as well as familial patterns that may be
related to their development.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.