SUMMIT, NJ - The best way to beat breast cancer is to prevent it from developing in the first place. 

The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Prevention Program at Overlook Medical Center, directed by Bonni Guerin, MD, determines a woman’s risk for breast cancer, and helps her learn how to reduce that risk.

Any woman who is interested in learning more about individual breast cancer risks and prevention can participate in the program. A referral or prescription from a physician is not required, and there is no cost for enrollment for this service. 
Once enrolled, participants meet with a team of cancer experts from medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, nutrition and genetics to assess their individual risk for breast cancer. Included in the program:
- A medical and family history review.

- A discussion of prior mammograms, ultrasounds and other pertinent tests.
- A computer analysis of genetic history.

- A body fat analysis, with a dietitian's nutritional plan recommendations.

At the conclusion, participants are provided with a written summary of the analysis and findings, recommendations for future screenings, and a personalized action plan from the breast specialist physician.

The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center is located at 99 Beauvoir Place, Fifth Floor.  Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., and they can be reached at 908 / 608-0078.