Risk assessment is for individuals with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer and women who have had breast or ovarian cancer or a biopsy showing benign breast disease.
To make an appointment or receive more information about the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, call the program coordinator at 1-877-627-9684.
The Risk Assessment Program offers a range of risk assessment and prevention services tailored just for you including:
Paula D Ryan, MD, PhD,
Director of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Dr. Mary Daly and program participant, Jane Tervooren.
Read Jane's story.
The Risk Assessment Program provides ongoing studies of the biological, genetic and environmental factors that influence cancer risk. The program responds to the rapid progress in the field of human genetics. Studies have shown that breast and ovarian cancer may be familial (run in families). Scientists are working to understand more about the hereditary factors, or genes, that influence the risk of these cancers for both men and women.
We continue to study mutations in BRCA1, BRCA2 and other cancer-related genes. As members of the Human Genome Studies Consortium, we are exploring new directions in genetic risk assessment.
Paula Ryan, MD, PhD, is the director of the Breast and Ovarian division of the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase. She is an expert in breast cancer, cancer risk assessment and prevention, hereditary cancer syndromes and medical ethics. The program was developed by Mary B. Daly, MD, PhD, who remains an internationally recognized leader in cancer prevention and control.
The Risk Assessment Program was originally established with funds from the National Cancer Institute and the Dyson Foundation. The staff includes medical oncologists, gynecologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, radiologists, pathologists and health educators trained in cancer prevention. The program represents a memorial to Margaret M. Dyson, who died in December 1990 after a brief battle with ovarian cancer.
In September 2011 Talk Philly highlighted ovarian cancer issues and Fox Chase Cancer Center.More at Talk Philly