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, Certified Genetic Counselor
Samaritan Cancer Center
9000 N. Main Street
Dayton, Ohio 45415
What happens after I send in my risk assessment form?
- A breast risk assessment will be done by our genetic counselor
- You will be contacted by a member of our team after the assessment is reviewed.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
- A complete evaluation and examination by our dedicated breast surgeon.
- A discussion of the risk assessment done by our genetic counselor
- A specific follow up plan for breast cancer prevention and early detection.
- Referral for genetic counseling and genetic testing, if indicated.
- Referral for discussion of breast cancer risk reduction methods with our medical oncologist, if indicated.
How is patient confidentiality maintained?
All records regarding 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?
Back to the High Risk Breast Cancer Program
- We have a strong and comprehensive team.
- All program services are in one location.
- This is 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.
What do I do next?