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.

Oct. 22, 2015