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BEND, OR   --  A group of Central Oregon doctors have created a high risk breast clinic designed to help women at increased risk of breast cancer. The clinic started this week and involves St Charles Cancer Center, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, Cascade Medical Imaging and Bend Memorial Clinic.

 

Dr. Cloe Shelter, Director of Women's Imaging at CORA explains how it works. "The first step is identifying women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer and then creating a personalized plan that includes both risk reduction and elevated screening. So that if they were to develop breast cancer, we can catch it earlier."

 

She tells KBND the goal is better outcomes. "Identifying the women who are at the highest risk in my mind is really important.  And I think there are probably more women than we previously would have suspected who fall into this category, and who would really benefit from the help and guidance through making these decisions about how to address this risk."

 

Women who have a twenty percent or higher lifetime risk of developing breast cancer will qualify for further evaluation at the high risk breast clinic. Women fill out questionnaires to help determine their risk level.

 

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