Answers to Common Breast Cancer and Genetic Counseling Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about breast cancer and genetic counseling.

What screenings are recommended if someone has a high breast cancer risk due to family history?

Mammograms keep getting better and are always important. Breast MRI can be used in addition to mammograms.

Today’s technology allows for special checks of dense breast tissue and 3D mammograms — tests that can more easily and quickly find signs of cancer in the early stages.

If someone is defined as high risk, they are screened every six months, alternating with a mammogram and breast MRI.

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Source: Faith Callif-Daley, MS, LGC, genetic counselor, Miami Valley Hospital North;;,, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention