Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

At The Breast Center, every patient completes a personal and family history to determine if she could be at higher risk than average for developing breast cancer.

Most cancers happen by chance and are not passed down in families. However, families with more than one breast cancer or breast cancer at a young age may be at higher risk.  Some families with high risk for breast cancer also have an increased risk of developing ovarian and other cancers.  The good news is that there may be options for reducing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. 

If your history indicates that you may be at risk, the radiologist and/or technologist may recommend that you schedule a Risk Assessment Consultation with a specially trained nurse.

Watch this video from Dr. Danna Grear to learn more:

Breast Cancer Risk Quiz

After you have talked to your relatives, you may take the Breast Cancer Risk Quiz to see if you should consider genetic testing for hereditary cancer. 

Personalized Risk Assessment and Care Plan

A Risk Assessment is a comprehensive consultation with a registered nurse who is specially trained to determine your personal risk of developing breast cancer. If your risk indicates, the nurse will provide a customized screening plan recommendation for you that may include Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound, Breast MRI, optional genetic testing, and frequency of screening. 

A Risk Assessment provides crucial information about how often and what type of screenings you need. Determining your risk factors can help your children, siblings, and other family members become aware of their risk and take charge of their own breast health.

Schedule a Personalized Risk Assessment Appointment

If you have questions regarding high-risk screening, or if you would like to schedule a Personalized Risk Assessment with our registered nurse, please call 479-442-6266 or request an appointment online

Preparing for Your Appointment

Before your risk assessment appointment, it is helpful to talk to your family about relatives who have had a cancer diagnosis – especially breast, ovarian, pancreatic and metastatic prostate cancer.  Information on both your mother’s and father’s side of the family is important.  Questions to ask include:

  1. Who has had cancer of any kind?
  2. Where did the cancer start?
  3. How old were they at time of diagnosis?
  4. Has anyone in the family had genetic testing? If so, bring a copy of their results if possible.

Some physicians now suggest that ALL women have a risk assessment to determine the need for screening, genetics, and risk-reducing strategies.

Please complete the risk assessment online questionnaire prior to your Risk Assessment Appointment.