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The Fox Chase Risk Assessment Program was one of the first such programs in the nation to offer screening, education, and counseling to healthy people at increased genetic risk for disease.
The program was one of the first such programs in the nation to offer screening, education, and counseling to healthy people at increased genetic risk for disease. Since 1991, Fox Chase has expanded risk assessment services to those at high risk for melanoma, gastrointestinal or prostate cancers.
The Department of Clinical Genetics is closely aligned with ongoing research initiatives in Fox Chase's Cancer Prevention and Control Program, as well as its Keystone Program in Personalized Risk and Prevention, a collaborative translational science program co-led by Daly and funded through philanthropic donations to Fox Chase.
The Department of Clinical Genetics is built on the success of Fox Chase's Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program, which Dr. Mary Daly began in 1991. A high risk screening clinic was developed for individuals with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. In addition to the clinic, genetic counseling was provided for both high risk and breast and ovarian cancer patients. As the clinic developed we also learned the importance of consultations for biopsy findings that put women at increased risk.