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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  • Team work. Mayo Clinic's breast clinic includes specialists in genetics, breast imaging, breast surgery, breast cancer prevention and pathology, among others. These experts work together to develop a care plan that meets your needs.
  • Thorough, evidence-based assessment of your risk. Doctors at Mayo Clinic use breast cancer risk assessment tools that are research-tested and take into account many aspects of your personal health and family history.
  • Personalized care. Mayo Clinic doctors don't take a one-size-fits-all approach to breast cancer screening and prevention. Instead, doctors work with you to determine what strategies for screening and prevention best meet your needs and preferences.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla, is ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer.

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

Why Choose Mayo Clinic

What Sets Mayo Clinic Apart

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

At Mayo Clinic in Arizona, doctors in the Breast Clinic work with doctors trained in medical genetics to assess your risk of developing breast cancer.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

At Mayo Clinic in Florida, doctors in the Breast Clinic work with doctors trained in medical genetics to assess your risk of developing breast cancer.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

At Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, doctors in the Breast Diagnostic Clinic work with doctors trained in medical genetics to assess your risk of developing breast cancer.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

Doctors and scientists at Mayo Clinic are studying ways to predict breast cancer risk. For women with a high risk of cancer, researchers are studying ways to reduce the risk that breast cancer will develop.

Mayo Clinic is one of a select group of medical centers in the United States to be recognized as a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) for breast cancer research, funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Women's Cancer Program

Doctors from the Women's Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic conduct innovative research to improve treatment options for women who have breast and gynecologic cancers. As part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the Women's Cancer Program provides psychological and social support classes, a resource center and educational programs for patients and their families.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on breast cancer risk assessment on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Apr. 20, 2010