Risk Assessment

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A cancer risk assessment describes the chance that a person will develop cancer in his or her lifetime. Knowing this information can help you make informed decisions about your health.

A Closer Look

When you have a cancer risk assessment, the initial appointment takes about 90 minutes and includes:

  • A personal history discussion
  • A family history discussion
  • Education and counseling
  • A physical exam
  • Genetic testing, if indicated and desired

Those who undergo genetic testing will participate in a results discussion appointment. This usually lasts about 30 minutes. During that time, management recommendations are discussed and referrals are made if needed.

Who Needs an Assessment?

Anyone with a personal history or close relative with a history of:

Cancer before age 50

Be sure to talk to your loved ones and know your family history.

Multiple cancers

  • Multiple cancers occurring independently at the same time, in the same person
  • Three or more kin with breast, pancreatic and/or prostate cancer
  • Several relatives with the same primary cancer

Rare tumors or cancers

These include:

  • Male breast cancer
  • Ovarian, fallopian tube and/or primary peritoneal cancer
  • Triple negative breast cancer before age 60
  • 10 total colon polyps or more
  • Colorectal/endometrial cancer with abnormal MSI or IHC
  • Other rare cancers

Other risk factors

These include:

  • Known cancer predisposing genetic mutation in your family
  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage with breast, ovarian or pancreatic cancer

Getting Started

Cancer risk assessment requires a referral. If you’re at risk for cancer and meet any of the above criteria, talk to your health care provider.

Once you are referred:

  1. Our staff will send you a letter asking you to call or email us with your email address. If you don’t have an email account, we’ll ask for a mailing address.
  2. Once we hear from you, we’ll ask you to complete a detailed personal and family history. Also, we may ask you to provide us with other medical documents for you or a family member.
  3. Once that’s done, you’ll be scheduled for your initial cancer risk assessment consultation.

Billing

For complete billing information, please consult this Cancer Risk Assessment brochure.

Contact Us

Enloe Regional Cancer Center

530-332-4700

If you’re at risk for cancer, talk to your health care provider about a referral.

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