Breast cancer can target anyone.
Understand your risk by taking our free online survey, which
looks at personal and family history.
Common risk factors
Strong family history of breast
History of abnormal breast
Prior history of chest radiation
Personal history of breast
and/or ovarian cancer
Known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
carrier or family member with known mutation
Family history of male with
If you are determined to be at
higher risk, you will be given the opportunity to schedule an
appointment with an experienced nurse practitioner who has
advanced training in breast cancer risk assessment. The nurse
practitioner will review your risk and discuss breast cancer
prevention strategies, potential genetic testing and answer
The program also provides access
to advanced screening technology that could find potential breast
cancers at the earliest stages when it is most treatable.
Genes are "nature's blueprints for
every living thing," according to the National Cancer Institute.
When a gene with a mistake is passed along in family members, it
is called an inherited altered gene. Gene alterations have been
found in many families with a history of breast cancer, and some
women in these families have also had ovarian cancer.
These alterations are most often
found in genes named BRCA1 and BRCA2. According to the American
Cancer Society, women with an inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
have up to an 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer
during their lifetimes, and at a younger age than those women who
are not born with one of these gene mutations.
What Is Your Risk
for Breast Cancer?