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  • Options for Women at Higher Risk

     

    Many factors increase breast cancer risk only slightly (such as a later age at menopause). However, there are a few factors that put women at very high risk of breast cancer.

    Women at higher risk of breast cancer

    Each of these factors can greatly increase the risk of breast cancer [95]:

    Some risk factors for breast cancer increase women's risk a modest amount (such as usual hyperplasia). Having more than one of these factors however, may also put a woman at higher risk. Talk with your health care provider about your risk of breast cancer.

    Learn more about estimating breast cancer risk.

    Breast cancer screening for women at higher risk

    There are special breast cancer screening guidelines for some women at higher risk [95,246]. If you are at higher risk of breast cancer, talk with your health care provider about which screening options are right for you. You may need to be screened earlier and/or more often.

    Learn more about breast cancer screening for women at higher risk.

    Risk-lowering options for women at higher risk

    If you have a higher risk of breast cancer, there are some options to help lower your risk including:

    Such decisions should only be made after talking with your provider. 

    Komen Support Resources 

    • Our breast care helpline 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) provides free, professional support services and help finding local support groups and resources. Our trained and caring staff are available to you and your family Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET and from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT. 
    • Our Message Boards offer online forums to share your thoughts or feelings about subjects related to breast cancer. Our Women at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer forum within the Message Boards offers women at higher risk a place to share their own unique experiences and challenges.

    Updated 11/12/14

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