High Risk Breast Clinic

High Risk Breast Clinic

The high risk cancer clinic provides patients at high risk of developing breast cancer with monitoring designed to reduce their risk of the disease or to diagnose it in its earliest stages. 

You may be seen at the high risk cancer clinic if:

  • You have a family history of breast cancer diagnosed at or before 50 years of age
  • You have multiple close relatives with a history of breast cancer
  • Your family has a known gene mutation with associated increased cancer risks
  • You have a history of breast biopsy proven atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
  • You have had chest wall radiation 
  • You or a close relative has had ovarian cancer
  • You have a family history of male breast cancer
  • You are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry

If you have dense breast tissue on a mammogram or a challenging self-breast exam, talk to your doctor about your risk factors. Ask if you should be referred to the high risk breast cancer clinic.

Your visit with us

Your individual needs are our concern. Your visit with us will include an evaluation by a breast specialist. The specialist will assess your risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer and determine the appropriate screenings for you. You may meet with a genetic counselor to determine if you have hereditary risk factors for breast or ovarian cancer. You will also receive education about your breast and ovarian health, including specific recommendations for risk management and reduction.