Breast Cancer Risk-tailored Screening and Surveillance
Numerous factors can heighten your risk of developing breast cancer. Being female and older than 50 are two of the most significant reasons. You may also be at risk if you are a cancer survivor or had previous radiation. A family history of certain cancers and inherited gene mutations can also be contributors. Other at-risk factors include being overweight, daily alcohol consumption, hormone use and some benign breast abnormalities. Learn about risk factors for breast cancer.
If you’re concerned or have been told that you may be at higher risk for breast cancer because of these or other factors, the Breast cancer Personalized Risk assessment, Education and Prevention (B-PREP) Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital can help. Our breast cancer specialists will design a specialized screening program just for you – based on your particular risk level. We will be by your side throughout the process.
This personalized plan includes a range of services:
Breast examinations by BWH breast specialists
State-of-the-art imaging such as 3D tomosynthesis and breast MRI available at multiple BWH breast imaging locations
Our multidisciplinary teams of breast disease specialists include surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists who will explain diagnostic procedures and potential treatments, as well as geneticists and psycho-social experts who will support you and your family.
Breast Cancer Risk-tailored Screening
Breast examinations, mammography and other imaging tests are important tools in detecting breast cancer. Your B-PREP physician or nurse will educate you about breast health and conduct a physical exam. Screening tests include:
Clinical breast examination
It may be recommended that you have imaging tests of your breasts. These can be done in cooperation with your primary caregiver at a site near your home. Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers state-of-the-art imaging by radiologists who specialize exclusively in breast cancer at many BWH breast imaging locations:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital in Weymouth
Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center in Chestnut Hill
Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough
If imaging tests identify suspicious areas, we will address them quickly. We have the resources and expertise to handle every aspect of your breast care.
Breast Cancer Risk Surveillance Plan
We will work with you and your health care providers to devise the best long-term approach to manage your risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
Part of your surveillance plan will include screening tests performed at intervals specific to your level of risk. Our radiologists and imaging specialists provide the full range of breast cancer screening services:
If you are concerned that you are at-risk for breast cancer and would like an in-depth evaluation by our breast cancer specialists in the B-PREP Program, call (617) 732-8111. For more information on patient registration or scheduling an appointment with a Breast Specialist please visit our appointment page.