Many factors may put you at a higher risk of developing cancer. These include lifestyle factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, being overweight, dietary habits, and sun exposure. Others are less avoidable and include family or personal history of cancer, exposure to viral infections, chemicals, and radiation exposure.
If you are at increased risk of developing cancer, specialists at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute High Risk Program are available to formulate a personal care plan for proper cancer screening, risk management and ongoing surveillance. We offer expertise in cancer screening, imaging, genetics, oncology, nutrition, and surgery. Our team will consult with you about your personal and family history and any test results you have (radiology, pathology, genetic testing, etc.), recommend proper examinations and cancer screenings, and help you develop an individualized plan.
Having a risk factor, or multiple, does not mean you will get cancer. If you have risk factors, talk to your physician about ways to lower your risk, what follow-up you might need, and if you are a candidate for Northside’s High Risk Program.
Your physician may refer you to the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute High Risk Clinic, led by a team of providers including a dedicated nurse practitioner, surgeons, genetic counselors, registered dietitians, and oncologists. They work together to provide an evidence-based plan of care, recommend screenings, and follow-up surveillance.
Participants of the High Risk Clinic are offered two complementary nutrition appointments with a registered dietitian nutritionist with the goal of helping you further decrease your cancer risk through lifestyle changes.
Once an appointment is scheduled, an email will be sent to you to complete a brief online screening form. This will need to be completed before your visit. If you have any difficulty completing the form or accessing it, please arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment and we will assist you in completing the form.
High Risk Clinic Location:
1100 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Center Pointe II, Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30342