Answers to Common Breast Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about breast health.

What should a woman do if she has a breast condition that increases her risk of breast cancer?

Dr. Heck discusses what to do when a woman’s breast condition increases her risk of breast cancer. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Deciding what steps to take after being diagnosed with a breast condition that increases your risk of breast cancer should start with a visit to a doctor who specializes in breast health, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The breast specialist should review your personal medical history and your family’s medical history to decide on follow-up care. This could involve one or more of the following:

  • An appointment with a geneticist to accurately assess your risk of developing breast cancer. This may involve checking for genetic mutations
  • Yearly mammogram and possibly a yearly breast MRI
  • Clinical breast exams every 6-12 months
  • Risk reduction medication
  • Prophylactic (preventive) mastectomies

For more information about what steps to take if you have breast changes that increase your breast cancer risk, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Care Center

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