Breast Cancer Prevention
Physicians at the Breast Care Center are dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. While all women are at increasing risk of developing breast cancer with advancing age, some women are at significantly increased risk. This increased risk may result from a personal history of benign breast disease such as atypical hyperplasia, multiple breast biopsies, prolonged hormone replacement therapy or from a family history of breast and ovarian cancer. Identification of these women empowers them and their physicians to develop a personalized risk reduction strategy.
Women who are concerned about their personal risk of developing breast cancer may be counseled by a medical oncologist and a genetics counselor. This consultation will include a formal breast cancer risk assessment, construction of a family tree for assessment of the risk of an inherited susceptibility to breast cancer, recommendations regarding breast cancer screening, discussion of the risks and benefits of tamoxifen as a preventive therapy and other ways to manage risk.
Women with multiple family members with breast cancer may have an increased risk of carrying a breast cancer susceptibility gene and may undergo genetic counseling and genetic testing. Individuals at increased risk who are counseled to have specialized screening for cancer may have that screening coordinated on site. Individuals at increased risk may be eligible to participate in clinical trials focused on breast cancer prevention.