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Gynecologic Cancer Risk Factors and Assessment

Gynecologic Cancer Risk Factors

Risk factors vary with specific types of gynecologic cancer, but generally may include:

  • Genetic mutations, including BRCA and others
  • Family history of breast, ovarian, uterine or colon cancer
  • Any cancer diagnosis, including women in remission
  • Test results indicating a precancerous condition
  • Obesity
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure
  • Abnormal cancer screening results

If you fit any of these criteria, our dedicated team of specialists can help you better understand your gynecologic cancer risk level and risk management options.

Understanding Gynecologic Cancer Risk

At the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Clinic, each patient receives a thorough risk assessment, including the following:

  • Detailed medical history review
  • Comprehensive, cancer-focused family history review
  • Assessment of lifestyle factors
  • Complete physical exam
  • Blood tests (when appropriate) to identify genetic mutations that may increase cancer risk

The results of this assessment help to identify physical, mental and behavioral health factors that affect an individual's cancer risk. Each individual receives a formal assessment indicating whether her personal level of gynecologic cancer risk is average or high.

Risk level informs cancer screening plans, which our physicians and patients customize together on an individual basis. Our experts offer recommendations to encourage factors that protect against cancer, while minimizing or removing factors that increase cancer risk.

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