SUNBURY, PA., Aug. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Russell Stankiewicz, MD, FACOG, CCD, NMCP, is pleased to announce that OB/GYN Associates of Lewisburg, P.C. in Lewisburg, PA is now offering the BREVAGen™ predictive risk test. Clinically validated, BREVAGen is the latest advance in assessing a woman's unique risk of developing non-familial or sporadic breast cancer. "As my patients age with me, it has become apparent that there is a significant need to manage the effects of menopause. Women are now living a third of their life beyond menopause, yet with menopause comes changes in health and heightened risks such as sporadic breast cancer which require greater vigilance in the care they receive," said Russell Stankiewicz, MD, FACOG, CCD, NMCP. "By seeking out and providing the most up-to-date healthcare options, we can help women understand and take more control of those risks. BREVAGen, which gives patients an accurate five-year and lifetime risk assessment for developing sporadic breast cancer, helps us understand each patient's risk so we can then develop personalized breast health and monitoring plans tailored to their specific risk and needs. This will help us reduce the incidence of advanced breast cancer cases we see and should help save lives." BREVAGen is a clinically validated predictive risk test that more accurately identifies a woman's unique risk of developing sporadic, estrogen-positive breast cancer. BREVAGen examines a woman's clinical risk factors, such as their lifetime exposure to estrogen, combined with scientifically validated markers to determine each patient's personalized five-year and lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.1 BREVAGen is supplied by Phenogen Sciences, a subsidiary of Genetic Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: GENE). For more information about BREVAGen at OB/GYN Associates of Lewisburg, P.C., contact the office at (570) 523-8700. How BREVAGen Works
The BREVAGen predictive risk test is administered in a physician's office using a simple, non-invasive "oral-swab." Following analysis in a CLIA-certified laboratory, physicians receive a comprehensive genetic risk prediction report to review with the patient. The patient's risk of breast cancer is calculated by combining their relative risk score from seven genetic markers, called SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), with factors that comprise the patient's clinical and reproductive history including current age, age at menarche, age at live first birth and race/ethnicity.