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How Your Genes Affect Breast Cancer
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Michael Cowher, MD

  • Associate Staff, Breast Center
  • Digestive Disease Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Ryan Noss, MS, LGC

  • Licensed Genetic Counselor
  • Genomic Medicine Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

As researchers learn more about the genetics of breast cancer, doctors can diagnose and treat patients based on their specific needs. Because of genetic screening — and because of the team approach that involves geneticists, surgeons, oncologists and others — we can give patients as much information as possible to make the best decision for them.

Join us for the How Your Genes Affect Breast Cancer health talk and have the opportunity to ask your specific questions about Breast Cancer to Dr. Michael Cowher and Ryan Noss, MS, LGC (Licensed Genetic Counselor.)

Around 13 percent of women in this country will develop breast cancer. Out of that group, around 5 percent have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Knowing your family history is the first step in the detection of breast cancer. At-risk families can take blood tests to screen for mutations in these genes. However, genetic testing is done only when definitely indicated by a strong personal or family history.

About the Speakers
Cleveland Clinic Breast Surgeon Michael Cowher, MD and Genomic Medicine Institute genetic counselor, Ryan Norris MS, LGC will provide answers to questions on Breast Cancer and Genetics.

Michael Cowher, MD, received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio in 2004. He completed his residency in general surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA., and his fellowship in breast surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2011, Dr. Cowher has been Associate Staff in the breast center and is also the Quality Improvement Officer of Breast Services at Cleveland Clinic. Throughout his medical education, Dr. Cowher has received many awards for his research and has been recognized by both professional colleagues and patients for his excellent care.

Ryan Noss, MS, LGC (Licensed Genetic Counselor) has been practicing at the Cleveland Clinic since July of 2012. He has a special interest in hereditary cancer syndromes, and provides genetic counseling services for hereditary breast cancer at the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Center. Prior to working at the Cleveland Clinic, Ryan obtained his master’s degree in genetic counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While there he completed his clinical rotation for cancer genetics at Duke University. He obtained is Bachelors of Science at The Ohio State University majoring in microbiology and minoring in psychology. In addition to an interest in hereditary cancer syndromes, Ryan has a strong interest in education, and is a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling students at Case Western Reserve University.

To make an appointment with Dr. Michael Cowher or any of the specialists in the Breast Center at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.444.3024. You can also visit us online at www.clevelandclinic.org/breastcenter

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