Risk is your chance of developing breast cancer. Everyone has some risk for developing breast cancer, however some will be at an increased risk based on several factors, including but not limited to age, race/ethnicity, personal and family history of cancer, genetics, and reproductive history. A Breast Cancer Risk Assessment can help determine if you are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer in your lifetime and will categorize you as “average risk” or “increased risk” for developing breast cancer.
Average Risk means that you have no known family history or other risk factors that suggests you are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. It is recommended that you have an annual mammogram starting at age 40.
You are considered to be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer if:
Those found to be at an increased risk are encouraged to see their healthcare provider every 6-12 months, have annual screening mammograms as early as age 30, and annual breast MRI as early as age 25.
If you have a personal and/or family history of cancer and are interested in a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, please call Cancer Care Northwest at (509) 228-1000 to schedule an appointment.