Cancer Risk Assessment

Understanding your personal risk of developing cancer will help you and your doctor determine the best course of action for you, including:

  • which screenings to undergo and how often
  • lifestyle choices that may help prevent cancer
  • what risk-reduction strategies might be effective

Taking steps today to reduce your risk of cancer may help prevent the disease or find it early, when your chances for successful treatment are highest.

Hereditary Cancer Risk

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The Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program is for men and women at risk for any kind of hereditary cancer, whether they have a personal or a family history of cancer or they just have questions about whether genetic testing is appropriate for them.

This program is open to anyone who is interested. A doctor’s referral is not required, and there is no charge for the consultation. In most cases, only one or two visits are necessary. Insurance is not billed for the visits, but insurance will be billed for genetic testing if it is done, as well as any follow-up that is recommended based on the results of the genetic testing.

The Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program is directed by Lisa Muto, DNP, WHNP-BC, APNG, OCN, an advanced practice nurse in genetics at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the only one in West Virginia. For more information about hereditary cancer risk assessment, please call 304.399.6572.

Breast Cancer Risk

The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program is specifically designed for women who have NOT had any breast health issues, such as abnormal mammograms, discharge, breast cancer, etc. It is only for women who may be atincreased risk for breast cancer based on family history and/or other factors.

The program offers women a comprehensive consultation,including an initial screening with a surgical breast oncologist for a medical and family history review and a clinical breast exam. An individual risk assessment is completed, and a personalized screening program is developed for each patient.

Patients must have a physician's referral and meet specific criteria. Insurance is billed for the consultation. You are welcome to contact the genetic nurse practitioner to discuss the criteria for enrollment in this program.