Frequently Asked Questions
What tells me that I am at high risk for breast cancer?
Your unique combination of risk factors helps determine whether you are at high risk for breast cancer. Some risk factors result in large increases in breast cancer risk, and others produce only modest changes. We evaluate your combination of the following risk factors to determine your specific risk and related recommendations:
- Your current age
- When and if you had children
- When you began menstruation
- Your breast biopsy history
- Your previous diagnoses of cancer
- Your history of radiation therapy to the chest
- Your family history of cancer
- A specific gene mutation in your family associated with cancer
If I am at high risk, how will the High Risk Program benefit me?
- Evaluates your current breast cancer early detection plan and modifies it if necessary
- Identifies ways to reduce your breast cancer risk
- Provides you with information that may benefit other family members who are also concerned about cancer risk
Do I need a referral to the program?
No. You may be referred by your physician or you may refer yourself by completing and mailing in the assessment form. Mail your completed form to:
Faith Callif-Daley, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Samaritan Cancer Center
9000 N. Main Street
Dayton, Ohio 45415
What happens after I send in my risk assessment form?
- Our genetic counselor will conduct a breast cancer risk assessment.
- A member of our team will contact you after reviewing your assessment.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
- Our dedicated breast surgeon will complete an evaluation and examination.
- Our genetic counselor will discuss your risk assessment with you.
- You’ll receive a specific follow-up plan for breast cancer prevention and early detection.
- We’ll refer you for genetic counseling and genetic testing, if indicated.
- If indicated, we’ll refer you to our medical oncologist to discuss how to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
How is patient confidentiality maintained?
All records about your family history and your risk assessment results are maintained in a secured file. You must provide written authorization for any release of these records.
What makes this program unique?
- We have a strong and comprehensive team.
- All program services are in one location.
- This was the first program in the Dayton area.
This program is part of our total Breast Cancer Program, which was the first in the nation to be certified by The Joint Commission.
Content Updated: November 9, 2014