HIGH RISK SCREENING

Here at the Hunterdon Breast Surgery Center, we offer appropriate surveillance and management for our patients that are at an elevated risk for developing breast cancer. If you wish to find out if you are at an elevated risk for developing breast cancer, please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our Board Certified Breast Surgeons.

If you are at high risk because of a strong family history of breast cancer or atypical cells found on previous biopsies, you should be under increased surveillance.  After consultation with your breast surgeon, they will develop a screening plan tailored to your unique situation. Current recommended screening guidelines include:

  • A monthly self-breast examination
  • A biannual breast examination and evaluation by a breast surgeon (or another healthcare provider)
  • A mammogram every year starting at 40 years old (or younger if family history of breast cancer at a young age)
  • Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) on an annual basis
  • Ultrasound (usually in conjunction with an annual mammogram)

GENETIC TESTING

If you have a significant family history of cancer, evaluation from our genetic counselors and possibly genetic testing may be appropriate for you. After consultation with your breast surgeon, they may refer you for additional evaluation.

The Family Risk Assessment Program (FRAP) at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is designed to assist individuals with a personal or family history of cancer to understand how hereditary factors may contribute to cancer risk and how that risk can be reduced and/or managed. The main goals of a cancer genetic risk assessment are to collect and evaluate personal, medical, and family health information, to identify those high-risk individuals who may benefit from either genetic testing, cancer risk reduction interventions, or early detection strategies, and to improve the quantity and quality of life.

To find out more about your risk of developing breast cancer, depending on your family history and other associated risk factor, consultation with genetic counselors is recommended. For more information, please visit: Family Risk Assessment Program (FRAP) or call (908) 788-2535.