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Geisinger Medical Center opens high-risk breast clinic

Clinic to assist women by offering risk assessment and breast cancer prevention strategies

CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c),
June 16, 2014


DANVILLE, Pa. – A new high-risk breast clinic opened at Geisinger Medical Center this month for patients interested in a proactive approach to breast health.

The clinic will benefit women with a family history of breast cancer or other breast disease who are worried about their own risk. Patient care will be coordinated with Geisinger specialists in breast health with further evaluation with genetics counselors, radiology, pathology, medical oncology and others as needed.

“If you are wondering what your risk of breast cancer is, and how to be proactive about reducing it, consider getting a referral from your physician for an appointment in this new clinic,” said Rosemary Leeming, M.D., FACS, director, Comprehensive Breast Program, Geisinger Health System. “It is designed to operate as a one-stop shop with a comprehensive evaluation based on genetics and family history, breast density and other risk factors.”

Dr. Leeming says the clinic specifically may help those women:

  • With extremely dense breasts (about 10 percent of women), which make mammograms more difficult to interpret and also increase the risk of breast cancer
  • With a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer on either their mother’s or father’s side of the family
  • With previous breast biopsies showing “suspicious” changes
  • Who are simply concerned or whose physicians are concerned

“Remember that the majority of women who get breast cancer have no risk factors we can identify.” Dr. Leeming said. “Anyone with breasts can come in for an evaluation and we will provide a risk assessment and risk reduction strategies.”

About Geisinger
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 21,000 employees, including a 1,100-member multi-specialty group practice, eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $7.4 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.