Risk Assessment Program
Help us celebrate 20 years of the Fox Chase Cancer Risk Assessment Program

Five Lives,
Five Stories

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Fox Chase Cancer Center Risk Assessment Program, Fox Chase asked five Risk Assessment families to share their stories.

The RAP Celebration Video Project is a Fox Chase Cancer Center event made with the participation of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY in Philadelphia. Some participants in the Risk Assessment Program were asked to make videos telling their experience with the program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. With the assistance of editors at WHYY, these stories premiered on November 13, 2011.

See these and more Risk Assessment videos on YouTube YouTube

Video: Carlette Knox

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Carlette’s decision to be tested for BRCA affected her four sisters as well. Three opted to be tested, with the youngest, Jasmine, testing positive at age 25.  One sister declined to go through the process.   “One of the things you learn right away is that if you test positive, you can’t let the disease consume your life,” she said. Read more »

Video: Denise Portner

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"Being involved in the Family Risk Assessment Program is like having a really smart and caring group of friends." Read more »


Video: John O'Donnell

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"I learned that due to the high incidence of cancer in my family, and the age that I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I had a higher than normal chance of having a mutation of my BRCA genes," John explained. Mutations of this type are usually associated with women’s health, but if he carried the mutation, his three daughters could inherit that from their father.
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Video: Alan Stachura

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"If you think there is a risk of cancer in your family, there probably is. The genetic counselors at Fox Chase's Risk Assessment Program provide valuable information and guidance. I recommend them to anyone with a strong family history of cancer." Read more »


Video: Meredith Swinney

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Meredith gets screened regularly with mammograms and breast MRI. She has learned what it means to be a BRCA2 gene mutation carrier. She admits the process has made her feel empowered that she is in control of her future.
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Online Celebration Gallery

We invited all of you to share in the 20th Anniversary celebration by submitting individual or family photos to be featured in a slideshow at the anniversary event and on this anniversary page.

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Submit photos to rapcelebration@fccc.edu to be posted in our Online Celebration Gallery.

November 13, 2001 at WHYY. The premire of the videos.
See photo from the November 13th event on Flickr

RAP 20th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, November 13, 2011
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY,
Independence Mall West
(Between Race and Arch Streets)
150 N. 6th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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