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Welcome Letter from the Program Director
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Staten Island University Hospital

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.

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