High Risk Screening

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Woodstock, GA

If you have significant risk factors that increase your odds of being diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s essential that you have regular high-risk screenings to improve your odds and protect your health. The team of experts at Georgia Breast Care in Woodstock, Georgia, are fully committed to improving the outcomes of their patients with breast cancer through early risk assessment, detection, and treatment. For your high-risk screening, call or schedule an appointment online today.

High Risk Screening

What is a high-risk screening for breast cancer?

High-risk screening is a focused breast health assessment for those who are at increased risk for breast cancer. The team at Georgia Breast Care uses a variety of breast cancer risk assessment tools, such as the Gail Model, the Tyrer-Cuzick tool, and BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene testing to determine if you have a higher-than-average risk.

If you are at increased risk for breast cancer, your provider creates a plan of care that includes high-risk screenings that are customized to your risk factors.

Am I at high risk of having breast cancer?

Several risk factors increase the possibility of breast cancer for every woman. These include advanced age, prolonged use of hormone replacement therapy, smoking, obesity, and poor diet.

You may face an even higher risk for breast cancer if you have:

  • A significant family history of breast cancer
  • A history of recurrent breast infections
  • A history of breast or other cancer
  • A BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, diagnosed using genetic testing
  • A PALB2, PTEN or TP53 gene mutation
  • A family member with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
  • A history of radiation therapy of the chest between ages 10-30
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Lobular neoplasia (LIN) or lobular carcinoma in-situ (LCIS)
  • Atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) or atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH)

Other health conditions that place you at a significantly higher risk for breast cancer include Li-Fraumeni, Cowden/PTEN syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome.

What does high-risk screening involve?

Your provider customizes your personalized high-risk screening based on your risk factors and the underlying causes of increased risk. Your screening may include:

  • Clinical breast exams, from every six months to every three years
  • Yearly or biennial mammogram
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Breast ultrasound
  • A combination of these treatments

In some cases, your risk factors may be significant enough that you opt for undergoing a preventive mastectomy. Georgia Breast Care offers Hidden Scar nipple-sparing mastectomy, which may be ideal for those who choose to reduce their risk by surgically removing their breast tissue entirely.

For a customized high-risk screening, call or schedule an appointment with Georgia Breast Care today.