Breast cancer risk assessment takes into account many aspects of a woman's health and family history to calculate whether she may be more likely than average to develop breast cancer.

You and your doctor can use results from a breast cancer risk assessment to determine when to begin breast cancer screening and how often it should be repeated. A breast cancer risk assessment may also help you and your doctor decide whether you should consider measures to prevent breast cancer, such as medications or surgery.

A breast cancer risk assessment at Mayo Clinic is done by professionals in a specialized breast clinic. These professionals also provide counseling, education, screening and discussion about the risks and benefits of genetic testing.

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Apr. 20, 2010