USMD high-risk breast program
We're a powerful ally against breast cancer.
Some women have greater chances of getting breast cancer. Family history, genetic factors and other conditions can affect your chances. If you are one of these women, it's important we pay attention. That’s why we keep a close eye on you with our high-risk breast program.
Our program educates and empowers women. We offer preventive steps to help you stay healthy and live well.
Your clinician may suggest our program if one or more of these factors applies to you:
- First-degree relative (parent, full sibling or child) under age 50 with breast cancer
- More than one family member with breast or ovarian cancer
- Male relative with breast cancer
- Ashkenazi Jewish descendants with history of breast cancer
- Atypical ductal or lobular hyperplasia (precancerous conditions that involve abnormal cell growth)
- Ductal or lobular carcinoma (cancer) in situ
- Genetic mutation (change) linked to breast cancer
- Chest radiation for lymphoma
- Family history of breast cancer with a calculated lifetime risk greater than 20%
Your doctor will let you know if the high-risk breast clinic is right for you.OR
You will meet with a clinician who will oversee your breast care. Your clinician will:
- Talk to you about your health
- Do a breast exam
- Talk about screenings
- Share prevention steps
- See if genetic testing is right for you
- Schedule a baseline mammogram (breast X-ray)
A baseline mammogram will guide your personal care plan. If a suspicious lump is found, we'll do a biopsy. A biopsy is when a sample of tissue is taken from the body and tested.
If the biopsy finds dangerous tissue, surgery may be needed to remove it.OR
Through genetic testing, we can find out more about your chances of getting breast cancer.
Genetic testing can help us figure out who's at risk as well as:
- Chemotherapy drugs that best target specific mutations or cancers
- Radiation amounts tailored to each person
- Surgery options that are likely to be most effective, and more
Genetic testing is offered if one or more of these factors applies to you:
- Breast cancer found at age 50 or younger and having one or more close blood relatives with breast cancer at any age
- Personal history of breast cancer at age 50 or younger
- Close blood relatives with prostate or pancreatic cancer at any age
- Unknown or limited family medical history
- Personal history of triple negative breast cancer found at age 60 or younger
- Family or personal history of ovarian cancer at any age
- Personal or family history of male breast cancer
Along with a breast exam in our clinic every 6 to 12 months, you’ll rotate between a mammogram and MRI every six months. If you are unable to have an MRI, ultrasound screening may be needed.OR