When we can detect cancer early, we have a greater chance of treating and curing that cancer.
That’s why we created the Centers for Early Detection and Interception. Specifically for individuals who are at increased risk of developing cancer, the Centers brings together Dana-Farber’s expert clinicians and researchers across many cancer types under a shared mission: Detect cancer sooner and stop it from developing.
What does increased risk for cancer mean?
Several factors impact someone’s likelihood of developing cancer in their lifetime. These risk factors include:
- Genetic conditions, such as Lynch syndrome or BRCA genes
- Family history of cancer
- Previous cancer that is now in remission
- Precursor conditions, such as smoldering myeloma, clonal hematopoiesis, or Barrett’s esophagus. These conditions are all early phases of diseases that may develop into cancers.
- Positive result from a multi-cancer early detection test, like the Galleri test from GRAIL
If any of these risk factors apply to you — or your patient — contact us. Call 617-762-2334 to talk with one of our experts and evaluate if the Centers for Early Detection and Interception is the right next step for your care.