Website helps women evaluate breast cancer risk

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Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers, in Evergreen Park, Ill., has developed a new website to help women learn about breast cancer and evaluate their own breast cancer risk.

Little Company's website features a free confidential online risk test to help women evaluate their breast cancer risk. The website's breast cancer risk test evaluates a woman's risk based on certain genetic and lifestyle factors that doctors believe affect one's breast cancer risk, such as personal and family medical history; obesity; ethnicity; smoking; and alcohol consumption.

"Today, breast cancer is a highly curable disease, and in the big picture, women's lives should not be affected by it," said Olga Ivanov, MD, medical director of Little Company's Comprehensive Breast Health Center. Ivanov said the goal is to diagnose cancers before they begin to cause symptoms.