Nancy Ledbetter is the coordinator, Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program. Many people worry about developing cancer and how their personal and family history affects their family. Common questions that patients ask me include, “Should I have a genetic test to find out if I'm going to get breast cancer?” “Are my children at high risk for cancer?” “Should I be getting more cancer screening than other people?”
I have worked as a registered nurse in oncology for more than 20 years and was the first advanced-practice nurse in genetics in Oregon. I am here to help patients and their families understand how family history and other risk factors influence cancer risk, and provide information to help people make decisions that are useful to themselves and to their families.
Family history is increasingly being incorporated into oncology and preventive health care. The cancer-risk assessment process promotes early detection and helps people learn the facts about their risk and what strategies are available to reduce those risks.
Cancer risk assessment; Hereditary cancer syndromes; Patient education related to cancer risk