People who have a family history of breast cancer are invited to attend a free classroom discussion on hereditary cancer, genetic testing and options for those who test positive for a gene mutation that can be a predictor for breast cancer.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, Palomar Health breast surgeon Elizabeth Revesz, M.D., and board-certified genetic counselor Cheryl Cina, LCGC, will lead the discussion on the role of genetics in breast cancer at the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, next to Pomerado Hospital in Poway.
Palomar Health, North San Diego County’s most comprehensive health care system, recently added genetic testing and counseling services to help guide treatment options and reduce the risk of future breast cancer recurrences in patients and their families. The service is provided at the Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center for Health and Healing at the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion.
“Genetic counseling is a very individualized service that enhances our comprehensive breast health services,” Dr. Revesz said. “What we learn through genetic testing can help develop a targeted treatment plan with the goal of eradicating cancer and preventing a recurrence.”
About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are caused by an inherited tendency to develop these diseases.
Genetic testing determines if there is a mutation of the BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 genes that help fight against tumors. Women with BRCA alterations are at greater risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. Men with BRCA changes are at greater risk of developing prostrate and male breast cancer.
Members of certain ethnic groups, including people of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish descent, are more likely than others from the general population to carry this genetic link and would benefit from genetic counseling.
“Our goal is to help patients understand their personal risk and apply the information to comprehensive care for treating cancer or reducing the risk of future cancer not only for them, but their close family members as well,” Cina said.
For more information about genetic testing and comprehensive breast cancer care, please visit www.PalomarHealth.org/women.
What: The Role of Genetics in Breast Cancer
Where: Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, Education Classroom 15611 Pomerado Road, Poway, next to Pomerado Hospital.
When: 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21.
Who: Elizabeth Revesz, M.D., Cheryl Cina, genetic counselor
Free. Registration required. Call The HealthSource at 800.628.2880.
About Palomar Health
Palomar Health is the largest public health-care district by area in California and the most comprehensive health care delivery system in northern San Diego County. It is governed by a publicly-elected board of directors, and its primary service area in Inland North San Diego County has more than 500,000 residents.
A Magnet® recognized health care system, Palomar Health has several facilities, including hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Escondido and Poway as well as Palomar Health expresscare health centers in Escondido, Rancho Penasquitos and San Elijo Hills in San Marcos in North San Diego County and Temecula in Riverside County.
Palomar Health provides medical services in virtually all fields of medicine, including primary care, heart care, emergency services, trauma, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery.
For more information about Palomar Health, please visit www.PalomarHealth.org.