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High-Risk Breast Screening Program

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The Breast Health Center provides a comprehensive cancer risk assessment program that includes a thorough evaluation of genetic and non-genetic factors that impact cancer risk, provides increased and enhanced cancer surveillance and management, provides recommendations for and implementation of genetic testing, and offers accurate and up-to-date information about breast cancer risk and risk reduction strategies. All samples are sent to Myriad Genetics Laboratory for results.

Each patient is screened

Initially, female patients will be introduced to the program at the Breast Health Center at the time of their annual mammogram. Cancer risk questions on the intake questionnaire have been revised to meet the current NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) recommendations.

The questions help us gather information needed to assess cancer risk with the Tyrer-Cuzik Risk Model, and determine if there are any red flags in the personal or family health history.

At CHMC’s Breast Health Center, our mammography technologists screen each and every patient in a compassionate and professional way. Those who are high risk will be scheduled to meet with our high-risk specialist. We have nationally accredited digital mammography units, convenient appointments, and dedicated suites.

Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Syndrome red flags

An individual with, or a family history of, any of the following:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Two primary breast cancers
  • Male breast cancer
  • Triple-negative breast cancer
  • Ashkenazi Jewish with an HBOC-associated cancer
  • Three or more HBOC-associated cancers at any age
  • Previously identified HBOC Syndrom mutation in the family
  • Colorectal cancer before age 50
  • Pancreatic cancer

Am I a candidate?

If you feel you are a candidate for the high-risk breast cancer screening program, or if you have additional questions regarding the program, contact our program coordinator at 315-713.6264.