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

QUESTIONNAIRE

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.