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Gynecologic Cancer Risk Screening and Prevention

Comprehensive, personalized screening plans help empower our patients to actively manage their own cancer risk. Our experts design individualized screening plans based on level of risk and the type of cancer being targeted.

For women whose level of risk is average, we:

  • Provide a written report of the risk assessment for the patient and her primary care physician
  • Recommend screening tests based on national guidelines

For women with high gynecologic cancer risk, we:

  • Provide a written report of the risk assessment for the patient and her primary care physician
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of various screening options in detail
  • Discuss personal preferences and short- and long-term goals
  • Develop and implement a customized cancer screening plan based on the results of her personal risk assessment and informed by national guidelines
  • Conduct ongoing screening during regular visits

When necessary, our team coordinates multidisciplinary care with other cancer prevention experts at the University of Chicago Medicine. For example, high-risk breast cancer screening could also include annual breast MRI, in addition to mammograms and consultation with a breast cancer specialist.

Gynecologic Cancer Prevention

We specialize in the use of evidence-based gynecologic cancer prevention strategies, including medication, lifestyle changes, and minimally invasive risk-reducing surgeries when necessary.

The Gynecologic Cancer Prevention clinic offers an individualized prevention plan for every patient. At any risk level, we offer guidance to help women optimize lifestyle choices that protect against cancer, such as smoking cessation, exercise, and nutrition. When appropriate, we may also use medication to lower risk.

For women with the highest risk of gynecologic cancer, surgery -- such as removal of the ovaries or hysterectomy -- may be an option. Our team helps each patient consider all of her options and choose the approach that she believes is best for her. For women who choose surgery, our specialists offer expertise in minimally invasive techniques.

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