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Good Samaritan Hospital Launches High Risk Breast Cancer Program at Good Samaritan North Health Center
Date:10/1/2008

any form of breast cancer. Within three years, however, five cousins on her father's side had been diagnosed with either melanoma or breast cancer. Blum began to worry about the possibility of a recurrence of her cancer.

After consulting with the High Risk Breast Cancer Program team at Good Samaritan North Health Center, Blum decided to be tested for a breast cancer gene mutation. She tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation, giving her a 50 to 60 percent likelihood for another breast cancer, as well as a 15 to 30 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer. As a preventative measure, Blum recently chose to have a bi-lateral mastectomy, and plans to have a hysterectomy later this year.

These were not easy decisions for Blum to make, and they were made after careful deliberation with her family and her care team at Good Samaritan. "We have great medical care in this community -- right here in Dayton! These are experts who can help you find your way through your journey," she said. "I am the luckiest person in the world, with the team of doctors I have at Good Sam. I trust them 110%."

Armed with the information about her higher risk for breast and ovarian cancers, Blum is under medical surveillance by the team at Good Samaritan, and she will continue to carefully monitor her health and have regular exams to ensure she stays cancer-free. "The more information you're armed with, the better decisions you can make," she said.

Patients interested in learning more about Good Samaritan's High Risk Breast Cancer Program can call 877-GSH-WELL or visit http://www.GoodSamDayton.org/highrisk.

About Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital (http://www.goodsamdayton.org) is a leading provider of innovative health-care services in Dayton, Ohio. Over the last 75 years, the 577-bed hospital has grown into a full-service t
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