Familial breast cancer
* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Breast cancer, familial
- Heritable breast cancer
- Genetic breast cancer
- Hereditary breast cancer
- Hereditary breast carcinoma
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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:
- 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
Last updated: 3/23/2015
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