Women’s Cancer Prevention Program
Women who are at increased risk of breast, ovarian, colon and
other cancers can find support, guidance and sound medical care
from a team of nationally-recognized prevention experts at the
Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.
By helping you understand your risk of cancer, or a
recurrence of cancer, we can work with you to create
individualized cancer prevention strategies. These can include
screening tests, surgical interventions, medications and simple
steps such as lifestyle changes.
Because the UConn Health Center is a university hospital, we
can draw upon many resources and research strengths to help you
develop a lifelong cancer prevention plan.
Women over age 55 who have had previous breast biopsies or
younger women who have had previous breast biopsies, as well as
relatives with breast cancer, may benefit from two FDA-approved
medications to lower their breast cancer risk. Richard Everson,
M.D., a medical oncologist and director of prevention programs
at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, specializes in the
ongoing management of these medications: tamoxifen and
raloxifene (also known as Evista.)
High Risk and Hereditary Cancers
Although, most cancers are not hereditary, about 10 percent of
breast cancer, and other cancers, can be linked to genetic or
familial patterns. The new Cancer Prevention Program for Women
offers complete care for women who have questions about their
family history of breast cancer or other cancers.
Services include a very strong genetic counseling and testing
program, offered by experienced genetic counselors. Working with
the genetic specialists is Molly Brewer, M.D., the director of
gynecologic oncology, who helps women make decisions about how
to lower their cancer risk, including risk-reducing surgery.
The program also includes experts in cancer prevention,
screening, and treatment, as well as opportunities to
participate in today’s most promising clinical trials.
This tool was designed by two leading national cancer
organizations – the National Cancer Institute and the National
Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project – to help women
understand their estimated risk of breast cancer. We strongly
advice to women to use this tool with their physicians, who can
help interpret each individuals’ estimated risk.
Our Specialists and Staff
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