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The High Risk Breast Cancer Program at Staten Island University Hospital is specially geared toward women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer due to a personal or family history.  Our comprehensive early detection approach combines expert clinical assessment with the latest in imaging technology.  You will receive:

  • A detailed history and physical exam by a breast-care specialist
  • Imaging studies, if indicated 
  • Formal genetic counseling and testing when appropriate 
  • A personalized screening and management plan which may include education on healthy behaviors, medications or surgeries

You may be at high risk for breast cancer if you have:

  • A family history of breast cancer
    • Having one first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer can double a woman's risk
    • Having two first-degree relatives with breast cancer can increase a woman's risk by three-fold
    • Having two or more affected close relatives, such as aunts, grandmothers or cousins—especially if diagnosed at a young age—puts a woman at increased risk for developing breast cancer
  • A personal history of breast cancer
    • A woman diagnosed with cancer in one breast can have a three- to fourfold increased risk for developing a new breast cancer in the opposite breast or in a different location on the same breast
    • A history of previous biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia increases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer four to five times
  • A history of lobular carcinoma in-situ (LCIS)
    • A woman with previous LCIS has a seven- to elevenfold increased risk of developing invasive breast cancer

Know your risk. To learn more or to see if our High Risk Breast Cancer Program is right for you, call (718) 226-8800.

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