High Risk Patients

There are a variety of factors that make a patient at high risk for breast cancer. 

These include strong family history including the presence of the breast cancer gene in family members, previous breast biopsies showing abnormalities including atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) and reproductive history including age of first period, number of full-term pregnancies and age at first full-term pregnancy, breastfeeding, and use of hormone therapy after menopause.  All of these factors can be applied to a computer program that will calculate a patient's risk of breast cancer.  A risk of greater the 1.66% over the next five years is considered high risk.

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