National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week marks the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 and the goal of National HBOC Week is to raise awareness and support greater understanding about this hereditary cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Wisconsin regardless of race and accounts for nearly one-third of all cancers diagnosed among women according to a 2016 Wisconsin Department of Health Services report.
“Family history influences our risk for developing certain health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, but exactly what that risk is, often isn’t known,” Aspirus genetic counselor Rachel Hoyord said.
Aspirus offers genetic counseling services that can help determine personal inherited health risks, or those of other family members, and learn how personalized medicine can impact health.
Genetic counseling services are commonly used to determine a person’s risk for developing or passing on inherited cancer, heart, pediatric, and prenatal-related conditions.
To learn more or for an appointment call 715-847-0450 or 844-212-4556, or email [email protected]