Assess Your Risk
Fear is a common feeling for women with a family history of breast cancer.
At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, counselors and physicians are on hand to listen to your concerns, help you learn about more about breast cancer prevention and alleviate your fear.
You may already know that several risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing breast cancer, including:
• A family history of breast cancer
• Previously having breast cancer yourself
• A genetic mutation that predisposes you to breast cancer
• Long-term combination hormone replacement therapy
• Radiation to the chest and back at a young age
• Early onset of menstruation and late menopause
• First child after age 30
• Abnormal cells on previous breast biopsy
• Obesity, tobacco abuse, excessive alcohol use
The Catherine Peachey Breast Cancer Prevention Program at IU Health helps you assess your risk for breast cancer, provide a personalized plan for detection of breast cancer and options to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. We offer:
- Genetic counseling: includes discussion of personal and family medical history and the possibility of genetic testing.
- Genetic testing: Analysis of DNA and identification of specific genes that increase breast cancer risk.
- Risk factor assessment: Identification of personal characteristics and behaviors that may increase your chance of developing breast cancer, such as lack of exercise, smoking and drinking more than three alcoholic beverages per week.
- Lifestyle modification counseling: Help with lifestyle changes that may lower your risk of breast cancer.
- Monitoring for signs and symptoms: Close monitoring to promote early detection of breast cancer.
- Chemoprevention: Reduction of the risk of breast cancer, or delay of its development or recurrence, through medication or other agents.
- Prophylactic (preventive) surgery: Removal of both breasts to reduce breast cancer risk as appropriate.
With genetic counseling, genetic testing and development of an individualized prevention plan, you can feel more confident and more able to manage your risk.