Breast Cancer High Risk Clinic

The Breast Center diagnosed and/or treated 513 southern Illinois women with breast cancer over the last three years. Among those cases, cancer registrars discovered 92, or 18%, were 49 years old or younger, with the youngest diagnosed at age 29.

The American Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms for women beginning at age 40. However, some women may be at high risk based on a personal or family history of cancer or positive genetic test results. Women that fall into the high-risk category need more answers. With these new findings in mind, Breast Center leadership recently established a Breast Cancer High Risk Clinic each Friday.

The Breast Cancer High Risk Clinic combines a comprehensive review of a family history of cancer, an expert genetic risk assessment and testing if appropriate, state-of-the-art breast imaging and access to cancer prevention and treatment.

You may benefit from the Breast Cancer High Risk Clinic if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Direct family history – have a personal history or a maternal or paternal relative diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Genetics – carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2
  • Breast lesions – previous breast biopsy with atypical hyperplasia
  • Heritage – female descendants of Eastern and Central European Jews (Ashkenazi) are at increased risk

To find out if you or a loved one would benefit from the Breast Cancer High Risk Clinic, call The Breast Center at 618.457.2281.