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Hughes Risk Assessment Tool Now Available at the Barnabas Health Breast Center


Livingston, NJ - The Barnabas Health Breast Center, located at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, now offers a comprehensive risk assessment tool for Breast Center patients. The Hughes Risk Assessment Tool is a system designed to allow the patient to input her own family history and risk data using an electronic tablet. The data is then analyzed for breast and ovarian cancer risk. A print out of the risk information is generated and sent to the patient and her primary care physician. The printout includes risk calculations, family history and a graphical pedigree.

Breast cancer is the most common female cancer, affecting approximately one in eight women in the United States. While most breast cancer does not run in the family, approximately 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary. Hereditary cancers are caused by a mutation in a gene that can be passed on from generation to generation.

“By simply taking a few minutes on a tablet computer, our patients can be assessed to see if they are at a higher risk for Breast Cancer. We still encourage women to have their annual mammography and a Clinical Breast Exam from their healthcare provider. Breast self-examination is also recommended for all women starting at the age of 20,” says Joanne Persing, Assistant Director and Nurse Navigator at the Breast Center.

For Breast Cancer screening, the American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional, every year.
Breast self-examination (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.

The Barnabas Health Breast Center located at the Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ continues to exceed the individual expectations of each patient, decreasing the stress commonly associated with breast testing. The Center performs over 60,000 breast procedures each year, and is the highest volume Center in the region.

The Breast Center is one of the only facilities in the region offering triple assurance to patients having a digital screening mammogram. Triple assurance means that two independent radiologists view the films and a computer-aided detection system also scans the films for abnormalities. With triple assurance, we can provide the highest level of quality care possible representing the strong commitment of Saint Barnabas in promoting early detection of breast cancer.

A unique service of the Barnabas Health Breast Center is the Nurse Navigator position. She serves as a personal navigator, acting as liaison to enhance the quality and continuity of care for patients who may be facing further breast diagnostic imaging and breast biopsies.

The Breast Center offers free screening mammograms for members of the community who are unable to pay or do not have health insurance. This is made possible by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation North Jersey.

For more information about the Hughes Risk Assessment and the Barnabas Health Breast Center, please call 973.322.7804.

Date: July 29, 2013

Contact: Angela Kessler
Director, Public Relations
Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
Phone: 973-322-7327

Categories: Press Releases,Women's Health