Risk & Prevention
IU Health North Hospital offers two programs as part of a system-wide effort by IU Health to aid in preventing breast cancer in women.
Every woman who comes for her regular mammogram at IU Health North Hospital will be offered the option of participating in the Breast Cancer Risk Screening Program. To learn their breast cancer risk, women take a short computer survey in the Women’s Diagnostic Center. The computer delivers the risk results to a specialized nurse who contacts women who score as higher risk in person or by phone.
Women who are identified as having increased risk will then be offered an appointment as part of our Catherine Peachey Breast Cancer Prevention Program with a specialized physician who will help them choose from the options that best reduce their risk. These women will continue to benefit from risk appropriate screening tests, clinical trials and new innovations in prevention as they develop.
As risk evaluation and targeted prevention strategies improve, we hope that high-risk evaluation and prevention will start to replace cancer treatment as the cutting edge of cancer care. Breast cancer risk screening is a major step in that direction.
How to Get Your Breast Cancer Risk Screening
The breast cancer risk screening is free of cost. You can make the most of your screening by knowing the details of your personal health history and your family cancer history.
Important Details to Gather
- Which people (if any) had cancer on your mother’s & father’s side
- What type of cancer they had
- How old they were when diagnosed
Make Your Appointment
To schedule your mammogram and receive your free breast cancer risk screening at IU Health North Hospital, please call 317.688.2955.
If you have questions about breast cancer risk or our programs, please call our nurse navigator at 317.688.3438.