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Familial breast cancer

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Breast cancer, familial
  • Genetic breast cancer
  • Heritable breast cancer
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Treatment

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How might familial breast cancer be treated?

Management of familial breast cancer is generally focused on high-risk cancer screening to allow for early detection and treatment of cancer. In general, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends high-risk breast cancer screening for women who have: (1) a personal and family history suggestive of a hereditary cancer syndrome that is associated with breast cancer or (2) a greater than 20% risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime based largely on family history. The recommended screening protocol includes:[1]
  • Breast awareness and breast self-exams
  • Clinical breast exams every 6-12 months beginning at age 30 or individualized based on the earliest breast cancer diagnosis in the family
  • Annual mammogram and breast MRI beginning at age 30 or individualized based on the earliest breast cancer diagnosis in the family
  • Discussion of other risk reduction strategies such as chemoprevention and/or prophylactic surgeries
If the familial breast cancer is part of a known hereditary cancer syndrome, management will also include screening for the other component cancers. Please click on the following links for more information regarding the treatment and management of each condition:
Last updated: 3/23/2015

References
  1. Therese Bevers, MD. Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis. National Comprehensive Cancer Network. January 2014; Accessed 3/23/2015.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Breast cancer, familial
  • Genetic breast cancer
  • Heritable breast cancer
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.