Breast Cancer: Prevention

Breast Imaging: Digital mammography, breast ultrasound and MRI are performed and interpreted by our breast radiology team. If needed, biopsies are performed using minimally invasive techniques either by palpation or under image guidance.

Genetic Testing: Our Cancer Genetics Program provides genetic counseling and testing for women with a family history of breast cancer. Patients receive a personalized profile of their cancer risk, outlining strategies that they can take to potentially reduce their risk of developing the disease.

Risk-Reducing Surgeries: High-risk women with a genetic predisposition for breast and ovarian cancer may consider risk-reducing surgeries such as mastectomies or removal of both ovaries. Our breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, and gynecologic oncologists offer the latest surgical techniques for the best clinical and cosmetic outcomes.

Chemoprevention: There are now a number of drugs approved by the FDA to lower the risk of developing breast cancer among high-risk women. Our clinical research team is also investigating novel agents, such as vitamin D, for breast cancer prevention. Patients can receive a comprehensive evaluation of potential risk-reducing strategies.

Lifestyle Modification: Certain lifestyle factors such as increased body weight, higher alcohol intake, and decreased physical activity can be modified to reduce breast cancer risk. Our research group is actively studying the effects of diet and exercise in breast cancer patients and high-risk women.

Women at Risk: Our affiliated Women at Risk (WAR) program has a distinguished track record in breast cancer research, education, and navigation services. In addition to a patient resource library, WAR runs a support group for women at high risk for breast cancer. A registry of high-risk women and breast cancer patients is maintained by our Breast Program for research purposes.