The cancer risk assessment is offered at no additional cost to all breast imaging patients at both The Tyanna O’Brien Center for Women’s Imaging at Mercy and at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville. Most patients take the cancer risk assessment during their routine screening exam or a diagnostic mammogram appointment.
Upon arrival at our offices, each patient is provided with an iPad to take the Cancer Risk Assessment (CRA). Patients input health and family medical history data, similar to what is typically provided when a patient visits a new medical practice. This information focuses on risk factors related to cancer, with emphasis on breast cancer.
Once the assessment is complete, the CRA program is able to quickly perform an analysis based on multiple computer models which have been clinically proven to determine breast and ovarian cancer risk as well as colon/endometrial cancer risk.
The survey results are then reviewed by our doctors and reported to both the patient and the referring provider. Patients with higher risk may benefit from a more personalized screening plan which might include more frequent breast clinical exams, mammography screening at earlier age, possible supplemental screening with breast MRI or whole breast ultrasound, genetic counseling/testing or medical/surgical interventions.
Our staff is available to assist you as needed in completing the survey.
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