A guide to breast cancer risk analysis that is accessible to both health care providers and patients
Understanding Breast Cancer
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Patricia T. Kelly
The threat of breast cancer concerns all women. Those who rely on media reports of various risk factors find they often contain information that is confusing, contradictory, incomplete, and not relevant to individual risk. Patricia T. Kelly, a medical geneticist who specializes in breast cancer risk assessment and counseling, has brought together materials from the fields of genetics, medicine, epidemiology, sociology, and counseling to provide a guide to breast cancer risk analysis that is accessible to both health care providers and patients. By addressing the social as well as the scientific aspects of breast cancer risk, this book helps health care professionals to better guide and inform their patients.
Understanding Breast Cancer presents the most up to date information about genetic and environmental factors that are either known or believed to influence the risk of breast cancer. Kelly discusses:
This concise, clearly written book enables health care professionals to assess factors that contribute to breast cancer risk; to alleviate fears; to dispel myths about risk factors such as age, family history, diet, stress, and personality; and to help patients achieve an individual and comprehensive view of personal risk and appropriate breast health care.
"Concerns about breast cancer cause many women extreme anxiety about their symptoms and risk factors. Patricia Kelly’s book provides an approach to assessing risk and developing a breast health plan that is practical and acceptable to both the patient and her health care team."
List of Figures
1. The Patient's Perspective
2. Evaluation of Breast Cancer Risk
3. Benign Breast "Disease" and Non-Invasive "Cancers"
4. Lifestyle and History
5. Exogenous Hormones
6. Family History and Genetics
7. Helping Patients with a Breast Concern
Epilogue: Breast Cancer Risk Analysis Today and in the Future
Patricia T. Kelly, Ph.D. is a medical geneticist who has specialized in providing Cancer Risk Analysis in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than ten years. She is the director of the Cancer Risk Analysis service at Children’s Hospital of San Francisco and the author of Dealing with Dilemma: A Manual for Genetic Counselors.
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