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.