- Mammograms starting at age 30
- MRI annually, starting at age 30 (because at that age the breast density makes mammography less accurate)
- Ultrasound exam when indicated
- Rick reduction through medical hormone blockade
- Prophylactic surgery (removal of one or both breasts) for women with early breast cancer or who have the BRCA gene. According to the National Cancer Institute, prophylactic mastectomy in such high-risk women may be able to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 90 percent.
“Genetic testing should never be considered without the advice of your family doctor or a breast specialist. Consult your doctors if you have a family history of cancer or are concerned about your risks,” Dr. Sroka says.
For more information about breast cancer surgery and treatment, visit Piedmont Cancer Center.