FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUPITER, Fla. (January 9, 2014) – Jupiter Medical Center is proud to announce Elisabeth A. McKeen, MD, has been named the Medical Director of the Genetics and High Risk Program, which is part of the overall Comprehensive Breast Care Program. Dr. McKeen has concentrated her practice in breast cancer and cancer genetics.
“As a result of the Human Genome Project, genetics is becoming an important part of healthcare. In cancer, knowing one’s family history and genetic make-up saves lives,” said Dr. McKeen, who is nationally recognized in her field and actively participates in clinical trials.
Genetic testing has assisted in finding mutations to either breast cancer gene – BRCA1 or BRCA2 – which significantly increase a person’s risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer when compared with the cancer risk of a woman without a BRCA gene mutation. BRCA gene mutations may increase the risk of other types of cancer in women and men as well.
Jupiter Medical Center’s Cancer Genetics Program can determine which individuals have an elevated lifetime risk for certain cancers. The High Risk Program provides increased surveillance, counseling on risk reduction through lifestyle modifications, chemoprevention strategies, and risk-reducing surgeries for those who are high risk or gene positive for mutation.
Comprehensive Breast Care at Jupiter Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center’s Genetics program, call the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at (561) 263-2000 or visit www.jupiterbreastcare.com.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed regional medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, the Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.
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