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High Risk Assessment

Breast cancer may loom in the minds of many women. To decrease the fear of the unknown, Meritus Center for Breast Health offers a breast cancer risk assessment program to help women understand their risk for developing the disease.

Women who might consider a breast cancer risk assessment may have:

  • A family history of breast and ovarian cancer involving parents, siblings and close relatives.
  • A known mutation of BRCA1 or BRCA2 in the family.
  • A first or second degree relative with breast cancer before age 50.
  • A male relative with breast cancer.
  • An abnormal breast biopsy with atypical cells or multiple breast biopsies.
  • Extremely dense breast tissue.
  • A history of chest radiation therapy.

During a breast cancer risk assessment women can expect:

  • a clinical breast exam
  • genetic assessment
  • screening tests if indicated
  • education about breast cancer risk and potential implications for family members
  • a personalized surveillance plan
  • a comprehensive pedigree including family medical history
  • prevention strategies

Researchers have identified certain genes, that when changed, can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. If a woman meets criteria for genetic testing, she may have the testing performed at Meritus Center for Breast Health or obtain a referral for a genetic counseling program.

To make an appointment, please call Meritus Center for Breast Health at 301-665-4780.

11116 Medical Campus Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
301-790-8000
TDD: 1-800-735-2258
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