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High-Risk Breast Cancer Program

High-Risk Breast Cancer Program2023-11-02T12:49:35-04:00

While all women are at risk for breast cancer, not all women have the same level of risk. Various factors, such as health history, genetics and lifestyle, are used to help identify those at higher risk of developing breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. The High-Risk Breast Cancer Program at CentraState provides an extra layer of assurance for those at high risk with a care plan based on their unique needs.


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The High-Risk Breast Cancer Program at CentraState employs the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment tool in determining cancer risk. This allows clinicians to get a broader understanding of your individual risk level.

The secure online tool asks a series of questions, such as family history, surgical history, previous cancer diagnoses, hormone/contraceptive use, and age at first period and age at first pregnancy. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is then calculated from the patient’s responses. Patients with an increased risk level will be contacted with their results and next steps.


For women who are at average risk of developing breast cancer, there may be no changes to your normal breast health routine:

  • Screening mammogram annually, starting at age 40
  • Practicing breast health awareness by knowing how your breasts normally look and feel, and reporting any changes to their physician right away
  • Women with dense breasts should speak to their doctor about breast ultrasound or MRI in addition to mammography

For women at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, a different monitoring strategy may be recommended and can include:

  • Consultation and exam with a clinician who is an expert in diagnosing and treating breast cancer
  • A breast screening schedule customized to your level of risk, which may include a breast MRI or ultrasound
  • Genetic testing and counseling with a professional certified in interpreting your results


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