High-Risk Breast Program
Women's Medicine Collaborative

Treatment Options

After you have been evaluated for your risk of breast cancer, our team will work with you to develop a plan of care and will consider if any of the following are appropriate for you:

  • Additional imaging
  • Frequent follow up
  • Genetic testing
  • Risk reduction with medication if lifetime risk is greater than 20 percent

Women who are determined to be at a higher risk for breast cancer may need additional screening. The screening guidelines for women who are at high or very high risk may include:

  • Increased and earlier screening
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Breast self-exam starting at age 18
  • Clinical breast exam once or twice yearly starting at age 25
  • Annual mammogram starting at age 25 to 30 or earlier, based on family history

For some women, other treatments or surgery may be required. These options can include:

  • Mastectomy, or the surgical removal of the breasts, can lower the risk for breast cancer by 95 percent.
  • Surgical removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes can lower the risk for breast cancer by 30 to 50 percent.
  • Chemoprevention