High Risk Breast Conditions

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Marietta, GA & Woodstock, GA

When you have high-risk breast conditions, your likelihood of having new or recurrent breast cancer is significant, and ongoing monitoring is essential. The team of specialists at Georgia Breast Care in Woodstock and Marietta, Georgia, offers exceptional care and extensive knowledge that can help identify and treat conditions that raise your risk for breast cancer. For a consultation, call or schedule an appointment online with their office today.

High Risk Breast Conditions

What are high-risk breast conditions?

High-risk breast conditions are health conditions that increase your risk for new or recurrent breast cancer. When you have these conditions, it is essential for your long-term health that you receive expert treatment and have regular, ongoing, high-risk screenings.

Conditions or factors that may place you at increased risk for new or recurrent breast cancer include:

  • Abnormal mammogram or ultrasound
  • Abnormal biopsy results
  • Atypia, or irregular breast tissue cells
  • Breast infections
  • Dense breast tissue
  • History of breast cancer
  • History of radiation exposure

Other risk factors may place you at higher risk for breast cancer, such as family heredity, obesity, smoking, and hormone replacement therapy. If you have these risk factors or high-risk breast conditions, the team at Georgia Breast Care ensures you receive ongoing care and attentive monitoring.

What is atypia, and how does it increase my risk for breast cancer?

Atypia is an abnormal pattern of breast tissue cell growth. Atypical cells grow in irregular patterns and collect in the tissues of the ducts and lobules, which produce and carry milk to the nipple. When these irregular cells collect, they develop into atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) and atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH).

These conditions quadruple your risk for breast cancer. Other cell abnormalities include lobular neoplasia (LIN) and lobular carcinoma in-situ (LCIS), which are not forms of cancer but they increase your risk for breast cancer by a factor of ten.

Diagnosis of ADH, ALH, LIN, and LCIS often occurs after a needle or surgical biopsy, which your provider orders after an abnormal mammogram or ultrasound. Mammograms, ultrasound, MRI, and biopsies usually follow the discovery of abnormal findings on routine breast health screenings.

How can I reduce my risks when I have a breast condition?

When you have risk factors or high-risk breast conditions, it is essential that you get expert treatment and regular follow-up breast care. Georgia Breast Care offers services that help reduce your risks for breast cancer, including:

  • Routine breast health screening
  • Breast cancer follow-up
  • High-risk screening
  • Breast cancer risk assessment
  • In-house diagnostic testing
  • Minimally invasive breast biopsy

The team at Georgia Breast Care is committed to helping you reduce your risk for breast cancer and other conditions that may affect your overall health and wellness.

If you have symptoms of high-risk breast conditions, call or schedule an appointment online with Georgia Breast Care today.