Gynecologic Cancer Risk Factors

Risk factors vary with specific types of gynecologic cancer, but generally include:

  • Genetic mutations, including BRCA1 and others
  • Family history of breast, ovarian, uterine or colon cancer
  • Any cancer diagnosis, including patients in remission
  • Obesity
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure
  • Abnormal cancer screening results (e.g. abnormal results from genetic testing, colonoscopy or the existence of dysplasia, which are cells that look abnormal under a microscope). 

If you fit the above criteria, our dedicated team of specialists can help you understand your gynecologic cancer risk and discuss ways to reduce your risk of cancer

Personalized Risk Assessment

At our Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Clinic, each patient receives a thorough risk assessment, including the following:

  • A detailed medical history
  • A three-generation, cancer-focused family history review
  • A complete physical exam
  • Calculation of cancer risk, using validated models (when applicable)
  • Blood tests (when appropriate) to identify genetic mutations that may increase cancer risk

The results of this assessment will be used to determine an individual’s risk level. Based on level of risk, together the patient and their physician will develop a personalized cancer screening and prevention plan.