In November, the Risk Assessment Program celebrated 20 years of providing personalized prevention education and early-detection services. One of the first efforts of its kind in the nation, the program was founded by medical oncologist Mary B. Daly, head of clinical genetics.
Formerly known as the Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program, the initiative—which originally served patients with a family history of breast and ovarian cancers—has expanded to include those at heightened risk for prostate, gastrointestinal, and lung cancers, as well as melanoma.
In honor of the milestone, several program participants were invited to make videos documenting their experiences. Fox Chase partnered with WHYY-FM, the region’s NPR station, to produce the videos, which debuted at a celebration at the station’s studios in Philadelphia.
“Knowledge is power,“ says participant Carlette Knox in her video. Knox was introduced to the program after being diagnosed with breast cancer while both her parents were also being treated for cancer. The program provided “the opportunity to explain the mystery of why this disease claimed the lives of so many in our family,” she says. “It allowed me to make a more informed decision about…treatment options.”
The event included a panel discussion featuring mental health expert Dan Gottlieb, host of WHYY’s “Voices in the Family” program.
The Risk Assessment Program has helped more than 13,000 individuals map their families’ cancer history, understand their genetic risk, and protect themselves through screening and other preventive measures.
More information is available online at www.foxchase.org/rapcelebration.