Breast cancer risk assessment takes into account several aspects of a woman's gynecologic health, personal history of breast biopsies 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 if you have an increased risk of breast cancer. The breast cancer risk assessment tool can help you and your doctor decide whether you should consider measures to reduce your risk of breast cancer, such as taking medications.

A breast cancer risk assessment at Mayo Clinic is done by your primary care provider or by professionals in a specialized breast clinic. Your health care provider also offers counseling, education, screening and discussion about the risks and benefits of genetic testing.

  • Collaboration. Mayo Clinic's breast clinic includes specialists in genetics, breast imaging, breast surgery, breast health and oncology. These experts work together to develop a care plan to provide you with whole-person care.
  • Available online risk assessment tools. Doctors at Mayo Clinic use breast cancer risk assessment tools that take into account many aspects of your personal health and family history in order to understand your individual risk of breast cancer.
  • 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., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer.

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, 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, 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, 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.

Cancer research is conducted in coordination with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Women's Cancer Program

The Women's Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic brings together doctors and researchers in breast and gynecologic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, medical genetics, pathology, and other specialties to develop new therapies for women's cancers. As part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the Women's Cancer Program offers access to potential new therapies through clinical trials. The Women's Cancer Program also provides emotional and social support classes, a resource center and educational programs for women and their families.

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

Oct. 22, 2015