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Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Starts Advanced Breast-Cancer Risk-Assessment Program
Date:10/17/2008

positive test for this familial gene also will prompt the computer to generate a letter the woman can choose to send to first-degree relatives.

"We know that screening for breast cancer reduces mortality," said breast surgeon Dr. Lee Bourland, medical director of Presbyterian's Breast Care Program. "Our breast cancer risk assessment service first identifies the women with extraordinary risk and secondly assures that they receive the benefit of appropriate and regular screening."

Factors that place a woman at high-risk include a family or personal history of breast cancer, history of ovarian cancer, an abnormal breast biopsy, or the BRCA gene mutation.

"Learning about their risk factors for breast cancer shouldn't be something that's scary for women," said oncology breast surgeon Dr. Kandice Kilbride. "The reality is that we're all at risk; denial doesn't make the cancer risk go away. This program simply measures what level of risk and gives women the tools to address those risks."

For more information, call Daphne McDonald at 214-345-7374. Risk-assessment services are also available at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. For more information, contact Gayle Wilkins, RN, at 817-820-4868.

CONTACT: Stephen O'Brien, Public Relations manager, 214-345-4960, 214-759-5535 (Pager)


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