Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
Community Medical Center Expands Cancer Center With New Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
Are you at increased risk for breast & ovarian cancer? Is there a gene
putting your family at higher risk of cancer?
A family history or genetic factors can increase an individual's risk
The Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Community Medical Center is specifically
designed for individuals who want information about their personal risk
for breast and ovarian cancer.
Should I consider the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, then this program
may be helpful to you:
- Have you or a close relative been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50
- Have you or a close relative been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, bilateral
breast cancer, or male breast cancer at any age?
- Have you been diagnosed with "triple negative" breast cancer
at any age?
- Do you have 3 or more cases of breast and/or ovarian cancer on the same
side of your family?
- Do you have Jewish ancestry and a personal or family history of breast
or ovarian cancer at any age?
- Does anyone in your family have a mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene
(for example, BRCA1 or BRCA2)?
How our team can help you.
Our multidisciplinary team is available to:
- Talk with you about your personal concerns.
- Review your family history, medical history and lifestyle risk factors.
- Help you understand cancer risk factors.
- Discuss genetic testing and assist in your decision about this option.
- Outline a plan for continued monitoring to protect your health.
- Help you make informed medical decisions based on your personal risk assessment
to reduce your risk of developing cancer.
- Evaluate your eligibility to participate in research studies.
- Provide a written summary of your consultation and test results.
Meet our Genetic Counselor
Michelle Lyons, MS, LGC is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor specializing in helping
individuals and families at risk for hereditary cancers.
She will work closely with you during each step of the process providing
education, support, and valuable resources. We will perform a personalized
risk analysis, which may include genetic testing, and help identify other
relatives who may also benefit from a risk evaluation.
What you can expect
Before your first appointment:
- You will receive family and personal history questionnaires.
- These forms help us provide an accurate risk assessment and tailor your
appointments to your personal situation.
At your first appointment, you will:
- Meet with a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor who will review
- Learn about cancer risk factors including how genes and family history
can affect your level of risk.
- Discuss options for genetic testing. If you decide on genetic testing,
a blood sample is usually drawn at this visit.
At your second appointment, you will:
- Meet with the genetic counselor as well as a physician with special training
in cancer genetics.
- Review your risk assessment and genetic test results (when applicable).
- Discuss a plan to carefully monitor your health based on your level of
risk. You may be referred to other specialists based on your situation.
- Be offered an optional breast exam
- Have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have
Will my insurance cover genetic counseling & testing?
Many insurance companies cover the cost of genetic counseling and genetic
testing when medically indicated. Pre-authorization may be required for
some managed care plans. It is always best to check with your insurance
For information call the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Community Medical Center