5:04 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
Many women today are unaware of their risk for breast and ovarian cancer. One out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime during their lives. Almost 300,000 women each year are diagnosed with invasive and non-invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
About 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
Understanding more about breast health and detecting breast cancer can be a life-saver. A woman’s risk of breast cancer more than doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Although all women are at risk for ovarian cancer, older women are more likely to get the disease than younger women. About 90 percent of women who have ovarian cancer are older than 40, with the greatest number occurring in women aged 55 years and older, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
About 22,000 women in the U.S. each year are found to have ovarian cancer, making it the second most common gynecologic cancer, after uterine (endometrial). Ovarian cancer accounts for only about 3 percent of all cancers in women. However, it causes more deaths than any other gynecologic cancer in the U.S.
coordinated health risk assessment
The Coordinated Health Women’s Health Department has initiated a community-wide awareness campaign for women and their families to increase their knowledge of these and other cancers.
Coordinated Health has developed a Personal & Familial Cancer Risk Assessment Questionnaire that will assist women and their families in assessing their cancer risk. The questionnaire is available at all Coordinated Health facilities and also on its website at coordinatedhealth.com.
Those who complete the questionnaire will be contacted within 7 to 10 days by a health care provider. The patient can be connected with a specialist from Coordinated Health. At Coordinated Health Primary Care, gynecology and breast care physicians all work as a team to provide care and treatment for a variety of women’s health conditions.
If they are above-average risk, it will be recommended they contact their family’s primary care physician, gynecologist or breast care specialist. They will be connected with a specialist from Coordinated Health if they do not currently have one.
Coordinated Health’s Personal & Familial Cancer Risk Assessment Questionnaire includes questions such as:
Have you had ovarian cancer?
Have you had a previous
Family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, uterine (endometrial) cancer or colorectal cancer?
Age of first live birth?
Are you premenopausal? Perimenopausal? Post-menopausal?
Coordinated Health’s Women’s Health Resources
Coordinated Health offers free resources for women to determine their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. If further intervention is necessary, the Women’s Health team can use risk models and individual gene testing tools to gain better insight.
Its Women’s Health Department includes two breast surgeons, four gynecologists and one gynecology nurse practitioner. They will monitor risk assessment questionnaires and contact all respondents. The team provides proven risk reduction strategies for those identified at an increased risk, along with detailed surveillance methods for the early detection of breast/ovarian cancer.
All preventive care is covered by health insurance when patients meet the right criteria, which is outlined on the personal cancer risk assessment questionnaire.
Coordinated Health’s breast care team offers diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases. The breast care department is directly involved with patient care, teaching and clinical research. Their goal is to educate patients and other medical professionals in the early detection of breast disease and strive for breast health awareness in a caring and comfortable environment while utilizing the latest equipment.
Coordinated Health’s breast care team specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all types of breast conditions including:
• Abnormal mammograms
• Breast masses (malignant and benign)
• Breast cancer
• Breast pain
• Nipple discharge
• Personal history of breast cancer
• High risk patients
Coordinated Health’s gynecology team is comprised of experienced physicians who provide a full range of care throughout the spectrum of a woman’s life, from adolescent gynecology through menopausal management and geriatric medicine. Patients benefit from the latest research in medical science, high-tech equipment, and specially trained staff. The team utilizes an integrated approach between patient and physician which enables them to provide a unique plan for each woman’s well-being.
Coordinated Health’s gynecology programs focus on routine preventive care, including Pap smears, breast exams, mammography, contraceptive counseling and other gynecologic screenings. In addition to providing wellness and preventive care, its gynecologists have special training in treating irregularities and illnesses affecting the reproductive organs: vulva, vagina, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Some of these conditions may include abnormal Pap smears, pelvic pain and sexually transmitted diseases.
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