Hoag Early Risk Assessment (HERA) Program
On October 1, 2014, Hoag launched the
A ssessment or
HERA Program. This program is intended to help women between the ages of 35
and 55 understand their risk for breast cancer and provide lifestyle recommendations
to help them reduce their risk and live a happier, healthier life.
There are a number of factors contributing to a woman's breast cancer
risk including demographics such as age and race, family history, previous
biopsies, obstetric and menstrual history, and use of hormone replacement therapy.
The HERA program was developed by Hoag as a service to our community of
women, and there is no additional cost for these electronic resources
and outreach from our Breast Care Specialist. We hope that the HERA program
will help you in becoming more breast self-aware and thank you for your
valued support of our Hoag Breast Imaging Centers!
Your recent mammogram results from Hoag included information regarding
your risk level - Average or Elevated risk. Please see specific information
below regarding your risk type:
AVERAGE RISK - Your risk for breast cancer is average. Download our
average risk patient handout with plans to help you stay proactive about your breast health.
ELEVATED RISK - Your risk for breast cancer is elevated compared to other woman in your
age group. Download our
elevated risk patient handout with plans to help reduce your risk and make lifestyle modifications as needed.
Risk Assessment Tools
If you would like to further your information on breast cancer risk, there
are several assessment tools online that ask questions about your lifestyle,
family history and personal history of breast and ovarian health to determine
your lifetime risk for developing cancer. We recommend two useful tools
to help you better understand your risks.
Bright Pink’s assessment gives you helpful tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle
and what you can proactively do to reduce your risks.
The National Cancer Institute / Gail Model assessment is best used in consultation with your physician so you can
discuss your results and create a plan that is right for you.