Genetic Counseling And Testing

All women have a chance of developing breast cancer, and those with a family or personal history of cancer have an increased risk. If you or a close family member has a history of cancer, our genetic counselors at Miami Valley Hospital North and Miami Valley Hospital South can address your concerns, discuss testing options with you, and offer knowledge, technology, and personal support.

About five to 10 percent of breast cancers are linked to a genetic predisposition for the disease. 

As advances in understanding the causes of breast cancer continue, researchers have identified certain genes that — when altered or mutated — increase a woman’s risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. In particular, women who have an alteration in BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) have a significantly increased chance (up to 85 percent) for developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer (up to 45 percent).  

Is Genetic Counseling For You?

Take the Breast Cancer Family History Assessment to determine if you may have a higher risk for breast and related cancer. Answer as many questions as you can based on your own and your family’s cancer history. Once you complete the assessment, you will receive recommendations that you can share with your physician or other health care provider.

The evaluation is based on guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).It is not a complete review of all breast cancer risks. Consult your physician for a complete risk assessment.   

Managing Your Risk

Prevention, screening and early detection are the best ways to help reduce the chance of developing breast cancer for women at increased risk. A tailored plan for addressing breast cancer risks may include: 

High-Risk Breast Cancer Centers 

For those women considered high-risk due to personal or hereditary reasons, our High-Risk Breast Cancer Centers are dedicated to providing a comprehensive breast cancer risk evaluation, follow-up care, and education. 

Contact Us

Our cancer team is here for you. Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Our patients benefit from advanced local care backed by the world-renowned expertise of the nation’s leading cancer center. 

Call the Premier Health cancer hotline at (844) 316-HOPE(844) 316-4673 (4673), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with a Premier Health cancer navigator.