Overview

Cancer risk assessment examines personal and family history information that influences cancer risk. Providence Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program helps patients assess their individual cancer risk and outlines steps patients can take to reduce personal risk and detect cancer as early as possible.

While it is not possible to predict exactly who will develop cancer, it is possible to learn more about individual cancer risk factors and the strategies for managing risk. Providence Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program can help by:

  • Identifying personal cancer risk factors based on medical history and lifestyle factors
  • Explaining how family history of cancer influences risk
  • Determining whether genetic testing is likely to be useful based on family history
  • Recommending a customized set of cancer screening tests
  • Providing strategies to reduce cancer risk

Genetic counseling

Most cancer is not hereditary, but for some families, heredity plays a big role in cancer risk. Genetic tests are available and are increasingly used to help people with a strong family history of cancer to understand their risk. Providence Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program provides genetic counseling and genetic testing. People who are most likely to benefit from genetic testing usually have risk factors for hereditary cancer.

Risk factors for hereditary cancer include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiple family members with the same cancer
  • Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Male breast cancer
  • Breast cancer in both breasts
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in the same family
  • Colon cancer before age 50
  • Colon cancer and uterine cancer in the same family
  • More than 10 colon polyps

Cancer risk information can be frightening. Providence Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program provides information that patients can use for cancer prevention and early detection. Many of our patients have expressed relief and decreased worry after undergoing cancer risk assessment. See what others have to say about Providence Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program.