Family Risk Assessment Program

Family Risk AssessmentThe Family Risk Assessment Program (FRAP) is designed for women considered to be at a higher than average risk to develop breast or ovarian cancer. The goal of this program is to help women learn more about the risk factors associated with breast and ovarian cancers. It provides participants with up-to-date information on the familial patterns of cancers and how pregnancy history, hormone use, and diet may be related to their risk of developing cancer. Participants learn about screening guidelines and risk reduction options.

It is estimated that approximately five percent of breast cancers are due to hereditary factors. Researchers already have identified two genes believed to promote breast cancer if they become altered. Two of the program’s goals are to more accurately determine the percentage of breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary, and to determine what risk factors influence the alteration of the genes linked to these cancers. Our intent is to help high risk women and their families become pro-active in their fight against cancer with appropriate cancer screening, and to assist them in making well-informed decisions regarding options such as life-style changes and risk-reducing therapies.

Women interested in participating in the Family Risk Assessment Program attend a two-hour education session on cancer and risk assessment. Following the session, those who wish to join the program will receive a personalized assessment and also may have access to new research options and testing methods. To participate in the Family Risk Assessment Program, you must be at least 18 years of age, with a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer.

For more information, contact Marilyn Brennan, RN, Family Risk Assessment Counselor, at 610-988-9323.
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