The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends that all women older than 25 undergo a formal risk assessment for breast cancer, and our breast specialists are here to help.

The team at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is made up of breast health experts in the areas of imaging, genetics, oncology and surgery. As part of a risk assessment, our specialists will discuss your personal risk factors and help you develop an individualized plan after reviewing your options.

All risk assessments involve obtaining a detailed personal and family history, and we have various models that we can use to determine a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

  • Gail Model
  • Tyrer-Cuzick/IBIS
  • BRCAPRO

Personalized plans could include additional screening, breast cancer chemoprevention or risk-reducing surgery.

Risk Factors

Factors that can put you at elevated risk of breast cancer include:

  • Familial and genetic factors
    • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
    • Variety of gene mutations
      • BRCA1 or BRCA2
      • ATM, BARD1, BRIP1, CDH1, CHEK2, EPCAM, FANCC, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, NBN, PALB2, PMS2, PTEN, RAD51C, RAD51D, TP53 and XRCC
    • Learn more about genetic risk assessment.
  • Previous biopsy results
    • Atypical ductal hyperplasia, atypical lobular hyperplasia or and lobular carcinoma in situ
  • Personal factors
    • Medical factors such as early menarche or late menopause as well as breast density
    • Lifestyle factors such as obesity, activity level and excessive alcohol use
    • Prior chest wall radiation