Understand your breast cancer risk and develop a plan for prevention
For women who are concerned about their risk of breast cancer, our high-risk screening clinic provides a place for you to learn about your unique risk factors and develop strategies for screening, prevention and a healthy lifestyle.
Staffed by specialists from the Barbara Brodsky Comprehensive Breast Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital, the clinic provides access to:
- Breast surgeons and breast surgery fellows – Who will perform a clinical breast examination and provide a breast health plan for you and your physician
- Genetics counselor – Who will discuss your genetic risk and set up a genetic counseling appointment, if needed
- Nurse navigator – Who will provide resources and education on breast health and perform a breast cancer risk assessment
We also provide you with information and resources to help you learn about good nutrition, weight management and exercise.
Your personalized assessment will take into consideration whether:
- You have an immediate (mother, sister, daughter) family history of breast cancer
- You have a family history of a known genetic mutation for breast cancer (e.g., BRCA, CK2)
- Someone in your family was diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50
- A male in your family has had breast cancer
- More than one person in your family has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer
Additional factors will also be considered, such as whether:
- You have had an abnormal benign biopsy result (e.g., LCIS, ADH)
- You have Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
- You have a personal history of ovarian cancer
- You have extremely dense breasts
- You received chest radiation as a child or young adult
This program uses the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for high risk breast care, including a breast examination by a breast surgeon, a consultation with a nurse navigator and a meeting with a genetic counselor. The breast cancer risk tool used is the Gail Model (National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project).