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High Risk Breast Program

  • If you are at high risk for breast cancer, we can help. Our goal is to reduce your chance of developing cancer. We also want to provide screening that will find breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages if it occurs.

    The High Risk Program is designed for people who are concerned that they are at high risk for developing breast cancer. Our program offers a complete assessment of your breast cancer risk, individual interventions and screenings, and a plan for how to reduce risks.

    A team comprised of a surgeon, genetic counselor, registered nurse and other breast specialists as needed will work with you to create this plan. We will coordinate breast cancer screenings and discuss options to reduce your risk. For some patients, we’ll talk about genetic testing as an option. 

    If we determine genetic testing will be helpful, we’ll arrange for a formal genetic consult. We’ll make sure testing is done on the right family member and the results are reliably interpreted for you and your family. 

    Am I at high risk for getting breast cancer?

    The following criteria would suggest you might benefit from an appointment in our High Risk Program.

    Personal history

    The High Risk Program for breast cancer is appropriate for people with a personal history of:

    • a breast biopsy showing LCIS (lobular cancer in situ)
    • a breast biopsy showing ADH (atypical ductal hyperplasia) or ALH (atypical lobular hyperplasia)
    • a history of radiation therapy to the chest between the ages of 10 and 30
    • BRCA1 or BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, or other known breast cancer gene mutation 

    Family history

    The High Risk Program for breast cancer is also appropriate for people with a family history of:

    • a close relative with breast cancer at a young age, usually younger than 45-50
    • a close relative with ovarian cancer
    • two or more close relatives with breast cancer on the same side of the family, especially if diagnosed at an age younger than 60
    • a brother or father with breast cancer
    • BRCA1 or BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, or other known breast cancer gene mutation
  • Make an appointment

    1. Talk with your primary care provider.
    2. Check with your insurance company about coverage.
    3. Call 763-577-7676 to schedule an appointment.