October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today, about 1 of 8 women in the United States is unfortunately expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Throughout October, members of the Rochester Regional Health Breast Care team will provide information in our monthly Q&A series to help you take a few important steps that can significantly improve your odds of enjoying a lifetime of good health.
Robin Reid, MD
Rochester Regional Health
Q: What is high risk breast cancer screening?
A: Rochester Regional Health is proud to have The High Risk Breast Cancer Screening Clinic, located at the Rochester General Breast Center. This is offered to help women with a strong family history of breast cancer learn about and mitigate their risk. High risk breast cancer screening is offered to women with:
- Multiple affected members on the same side of her family
- A family or personal history of breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
- Pre-menopausal breast cancer
- A personal history of 2 breast cancers, either in the same breast or in opposite breasts
- Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish descent with breast or ovarian cancer at any age
- A family history of breast and ovarian cancer
- A family history of male breast cancer
- A family history of BRCA1 or 2 mutation
- History of Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia or Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
Women who are at high risk for breast cancer are evaluated by our team and referred for genetic counseling and assessment as necessary. High risk breast cancer screening may include any, or a combination of, the following diagnostic tests:
- Clinical breast exam
- Breast Ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Hormonal therapy
The Rochester General Health Breast Center is one of the highest volume breast centers in New York State and is a Center of Excellence in cancer care. Our goals are to: Provide patient focused state-of-the-art comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary care in a compassionate and supportive environment, maintain excellence through supporting oncology clinical research, and serve as a community resource for referring and treating physicians as well as patients and their families. For more information, visit our website.