The High Risk Breast Cancer Program
The High Risk Breast Cancer Program at Staten Island University Hospital is a comprehensive program for women at increased risk to develop breast cancer due to personal or family history. Our comprehensive early detection approach includes:
- Detailed history and physical exam by a breast-care specialist
- Imaging studies if indicated
- Formal genetic counseling and testing when appropriate
- Personalized screening and management plan which may include education on healthy behaviors, medications or surgeries.
High-risk factors for developing breast cancer may include:
- Family history of breast cancer
- Having ONE first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer can double a woman's risk.
- Having TWO first-degree relatives with breast cancer can increase a woman's risk by 3-fold.
- Having two or more affected close relatives, such as aunts, grandmothers or cousins, especially if diagnosed at a young age, also puts a woman at increased risk for developing breast cancer.
- Personal history of breast cancer
- A woman diagnosed with cancer in one breast may have a 3 to 4 fold increased risk for developing a new breast cancer in the opposite breast or in a different location of the same breast.
- History of previous biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia increases a woman's risk to develop breast cancer 4 to 5 times above normal.
- Women with lobular carcinoma in-situ (LCIS) have a 7 to 11 fold increased risk to develop invasive breast cancer.
At the Comprehensive Breast Center early detection of breast cancer in high-risk women is achieved by combining expert clinical assessments with the latest in imaging technology.