Cancer Risk Assessments and Preventative Options for Breast Cancer
by Melanie Lynch, MD, Breast Surgeon, Summa Health
The second important advancement in breast health and cancer is cancer risk assessments and preventative options for breast cancer.
Current evidence and national guidelines supports the benefits of some proactive preventative options for high risk women, including women with a genetic predisposition for breast cancer.
Preventative options can include annual MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) in addition to screening mammogram, taking a hormonal therapy called Tamoxifen, or deciding to take a surgical prevention approach.
But you need to know and share with your physician that you are high risk.
What is high risk? The risk of breast cancer depends on lifestyle (choices you can control, food choices) and personal health history (factors you can’t control, like family history of cancer). They just discussed lifestyle, let’s they will now turn to family history.
Statistically only about 10 percent of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease but your risk doubles if you have a mother, sister or daughter who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Other cancers can also increase your risk such as uterine, endometrial, ovarian and colon. According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman who has inherited a harmful genetic mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is about five times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who does not have a mutation.
The important point is to know your cancer family history and share it with your physician. Certain recurring cancers within families are something your physicians will want to record and update if there are any changes.
At Summa Health, they help patients become educated and understand how to prevent breast cancer. They have a dedicated expert team of breast care specialists who monitor and follow a patient’s care, assess ongoing risk, and keep patient’s under close surveillance to detect any early breast changes.
So ask questions and understand all you can do to lower your risk for and prevent breast cancer.
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
Visit our booth to learn about our cancer registry careers and see if you have what it takes to join our team!
Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the 50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting.
To learn more about OCRA's Annual Meeting, visit their website.
Where: Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH 44136
When: Sep 10, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
Follow the hashtag #AMCCBS to stay connected or visit their website here.