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Questions for Your Provider - Risk Factors and Risk Reduction

For those at average risk of breast cancer

  • What steps can I take to lower my risk of breast cancer? What factors may increase my risk?
  • How can I estimate my risk of breast cancer? How accurate are the methods?
  • What breast cancer screening tests should I have and when should I start?
  • How do I find out if I have dense breasts?
  • I have been told I have dense breasts.
    • How does having dense breasts increase my risk of breast cancer?
    • What breast cancer screening tests should I have?
  • What is the best way for me to manage my menopausal symptoms? Is menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use) a safe way to manage them? Are there other options?  

For those at higher risk of breast cancer

  • I've been told I'm at high risk for breast cancer. What should I do?
    • Should I take tamoxifen or raloxifene? Do the benefits of these drugs outweigh the risks for me?
    • What about prophylactic mastectomy or oophorectomy
    • When should I start breast cancer screening? How often should I get screened?
    • What breast cancer screening tests should I have? Can you discuss some of the options (such as breast MRI) and when would you recommend them for me?
  • What is the best way for me to manage my menopausal symptoms? Is menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use) a safe way to manage them? Are there other options?
  • Are there clinical trials enrolling people at higher risk of breast cancer? If so, how can I learn more?  

For those with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)

  • Is LCIS invasive breast cancer?
  • What are my treatment options? Which therapies do you recommend for me and why?
  • Should I take tamoxifen or raloxifene? Do the benefits of these drugs outweigh the risks for me?
  • Are there clinical trials enrolling people with LCIS? If so, how can I learn more?
  • What will my long-term follow-up care include? Who will oversee that care?
  • What are my chances of developing non-invasive or invasive breast cancer?
  • What is the best way for me to manage my menopausal symptoms? Is menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use) a safe way to manage them? Are there other options?  

For those with breast cancer

  • Are there healthy behaviors that may prolong my survival or reduce my chance of breast cancer recurrence?
  • How does my having breast cancer affect the risk of my family members?
  • What behaviors can my family members adopt to lower their risk of breast cancer?
  • Should my family and I consider genetic testing?
  • What issues should my family and I think about when considering genetic testing?
  • Can you recommend a genetic counselor to help my family and me decide if genetic testing is right for us?
  • How much does genetic testing cost? Does my insurance cover it?
  • What is the best way for me to manage my menopausal symptoms? Is menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use) a safe way to manage them? What are other options?

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Updated 11/12/13

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