St. Helena Hospital's Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center Offers Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling Services

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The Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center in Napa Valley Now Offers Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessments, Genetic Testing, and Counseling Services to Both Women and Men.

St. Helena Hospital's Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center, located in Napa Valley, now offers breast cancer and ovarian cancer risk assessments, as well as genetic testing for BRCA gene mutations. The cancer risk assessments, testing, and counseling services are available to both women and men. These services are being provided by Kathleen Mott of North Bay Cancer Risk Assessment Services.

As part of cancer risk assessment, Ms. Mott looks at three-to-four generations of family history and then uses scientifically validated models to determine if it is likely patients may have inherited a mutation in a BRCA or other gene. A mutation indicates an extremely high probability of getting breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer.

The assessment and counseling takes about 90 minutes. The actual test involves obtaining cheek cells by rinsing with mouthwash. "We no longer need to draw blood," Ms. Mott says.

Patients with a mutation are offered a set of options for management, including medications, preventive surgeries and a rigorous set of cancer screening exams to monitor for early signs of breast cancer or ovarian cancer.

"There is no doubt about it, these risk assessments help save lives —for both women and men," says cancer risk counselor Kathleen Mott, RN, MS, NP who works in collaboration with cancer specialists at Martin-O'Neil to identify patients at risk for hereditary cancer.

Ms. Mott has been a registered nurse since 1972 and a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner since 1974. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in nursing with a subspecialty in genomics, and has offered cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling services since 2006.

A board certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Mott notes that men from families with high risk for breast cancer also are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, a disease normally quite rare in men. According to the National Cancer Institute, men with BRCA mutations are also at increased risk for prostate cancer. Both men and women may also have increased risk for melanoma and pancreatic cancer.

For more information, or to make an appointment for cancer risk assessment, please call The Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center at 707.967.5721. You can also visit us on the web at

About St. Helena Hospital
With its many innovative wellness programs and other top quality healthcare services, including the Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center and Coon Joint Replacement Institute, St. Helena Hospital, situated in the heart of the Napa Valley, is one of the nation's premier healthcare destinations. The hospital serves its local communities with comprehensive medical care, including cancer, cardiovascular and behavioral health. For more information, visit


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