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Cancer Risk Assessment & Prevention

The Cancer Risk Assessment & Prevention Program was developed for individuals who have concerns about developing breast, gastrointestinal and ovarian cancers. The program offers a comprehensive evaluation of cancer risk, discussion of available clinical trials and recommendations for care.

Medical oncologists, surgeons specializing in breast, gastrointestinal and ovarian cancers and a genetic counselor specially trained in cancer genetics will provide individualized family history analysis, risk assessment, counseling and screening recommendations and discuss enrollment in clinical trials focused on cancer prevention. We want to help manage not just your cancer risk, but that of your family as well. During the information-gathering sessions, we encourage you to bring other family members with knowledge of family medical history. If you are considered at risk, we may also ask other family members — including children — to come in for testing.

By knowing your risk, the right measures can be taken to reduce it. Not only will you receive the education and counseling you need, you'll have access to clinical trials at Loyola University Health System.

The Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program includes:

  • Comprehensive risk assessment
  • Screening measures
  • Prevention measures
  • Psychological services
  • Patient education
  • Genetic counseling
  • Physician referral services
  • Access to clinical trials in prevention

You may be at risk if you fall into one of these categories:

  • Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Women who have had abnormal biopsies or have increased breast density
  • Women who have had prior radiation therapy at an early age
  • Men and women with a known genetic mutation in the family
  • Men and women with a family history of early onset colorectal cancer
  • Men and women with a family history of ovarian, small bowel or stomach cancer
  • Men and women with inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

The risk increases if more than one family member is affected with one of these conditions or were young when they were diagnosed. Our Cancer Genetics Evaluation Program may be helpful for individuals and families who are at an increased risk of developing cancer because of hereditary factors. There are two genetic conditions that put people at high risk for colorectal cancer: Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC). It’s extremely important to identify whether this is a risk for you so that we can begin monitoring at an earlier age.