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At Arizona Oncology, we provide comprehensive medical care and support services for people diagnosed with cancer or those at a higher risk of developing cancer.

Our High Risk Clinic specialists are dedicated to identifying and caring for individuals who have an increased risk of cancer due to family history, medical and genetic factors, and/or lifestyle influences.

We have an experienced team of specialists including medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, breast surgical oncologists, genetic specialists, and nurse practitioners to help assess your risk for developing cancer, provide education, and make recommendations on cancer screenings and prevention or risk reduction options.

In our High Risk Clinic, we will follow you over time and coordinate your personalized cancer screening and surveillance program aimed at early diagnosis when treatment outcomes are more favorable. We will also facilitate cancer prevention and risk reduction treatment options in an effort to decrease cancer risk.

What is cancer risk assessment?

Cancer risk assessment is the process of reviewing one’s personal risk factors, medical history, and family history to determine a person’s risk for developing cancer. The goal of cancer risk assessment is to provide risk stratification to ensure that patients are managed based on their particular risk(s) rather than the general population’s risks. Individualized cancer risk assessment is personalized medicine.
Prior to your visit with our High Risk Clinic, you will receive paperwork to complete regarding your health and family history. It is important to provide any medical records including pathology or copies of genetic test results for you and/or other family members.

At the appointment, you will learn about risk factors for cancer both modifiable (ones that a person can change) and non-modifiable, and how they relate to the development of cancer.

Who should participate in cancer risk assessment?

• Any individual who has breast atypia
(atypical ductal or atypical lobular hyperplasia)
• Any individual with numerous colon polyps
• Any individual with a strong family history of cancer
• Any individual who has a hereditary cancer syndrome (Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, Lynch Syndrome, Li Fraumeni Syndrome, and others)

Why is cancer risk assessment important?

By determining whether an individual is at an elevated risk for cancer based on personal risk factors, strong family history of cancer, and/or having a hereditary cancer syndrome, we can offer special options for medical management, lifestyle choices, and family planning. These include:

• Screening for cancers (at a younger age, more frequent intervals, and/or using different technology)
• Cancer prevention or risk reduction
(through surgery or medications)
• Potential specialized cancer treatment
• Potential modification of cancer risk through
diet and exercise
If you or your family has these features, it is important to review this information with your healthcare provider and schedule an appointment with our team for a more in-depth discussion.

Locations

Southern Arizona

Craycroft
2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #201
Tucson, AZ 85712
520-416-5602

Rudasill
2070 W. Rudasill Rd., #130
Tucson, AZ 85704
520-797-4468

Wilmot
603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711

Northern Arizona

Goodyear
13555 W. McDowell Rd.
#105
Goodyear, AZ 85395

Prescott
5430 Landmark Lane,
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-775-9430

 

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