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Breast cancer -Know about risk and actions to be taken...

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This is a chart that explains your risks based on family history and actions you can take based on your Breast cancer  risk level.


Risk of developing cancer

History (starting at the top, if you have any one of the following)

Suggested Action


Low Risk
(less than 10%)

-no relatives with breast cancer -one 1st or 2nd degree relative with breast cancer after 50 or two where one is on your mother's and one on your father's side
-one second degree relative at any age with breast cancer

After 50, have a mammogram every 2 years
 

Moderate risk
(10-25%)

-one 1st degree relative with breast cancer before 50
-two 1st or 2nd degree relatives on the same side of your family with breast or ovarian cancer

After 50, have a mammogram every 2 years (or as advised)
Ask for a referral for a genetic test

Potentially high risk
(30% to 50%)

-three or more 1st or 2nd degree relatives on the same side of your family with breast or ovarian cancer
-two or more 1st or 2nd degree relatives on the same side of your family with breast or ovarian cancer with high risk features
 

Have a mammogram as advised by your doctor or genetic specialist
Ask for a referral for a familial cancer clinic and/or a cancer specialist

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