Rome hospital introduces hereditary cancer risk screening

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Enhanced screening for mammography patients to determine hereditary risk factors for certain cancers is now offered at the Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital.

The screening program is designed to help individuals and health care professionals make more informed decisions and take a personalized, proactive approach to care based on the results of genetic testing, according to Dr. John Restivo, chairperson of the hospital’s medical imaging center and lead interpreting physician.

“Knowledge is power, and knowing your own story is half the battle,” said Restivo. “This program is designed to help people with a strong personal or family history of cancer better understand their own risk of developing hereditary cancers and allows them to be more empowered in their health care decisions based on the benefits of genetic testing.”

Guidelines set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology provide the framework for Rome Memorial’s cancer risk assessment program.

The program includes:

• A thorough evaluation of genetic and non-genetic factors that impact cancer risk;

• Recommendations for and implementation of genetic testing;

• Increased and enhanced cancer screening and management; and

• Accurate and up-to-date information about breast cancer risk and risk reduction strategies.

Initially, female patients will be introduced to the program at the time of their mammogram. Personal and family history of cancer, reproductive history and breast history are used to calculate a cancer risk assessment in patients with a family history of breast cancer.

Program participants will be screened for 28 genetic mutations that affect hereditary risk for eight cancers, including breast, ovarian, gastric, colorectal, pancreatic, melanoma, prostate and endometrial. The patient’s genetic results are available four to six weeks after screening, at which time patients can meet with Restivo and Linda Lyon, nurse navigator, to discuss findings and recommendations.

For more information, call the medical imaging center, 315-338-7577.

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