Risk Assessment Program
Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth’s nationally accredited Breast Center now offers the region’s first-of-its-kind breast cancer risk assessment screening program for women south of Boston and on Cape Cod. The screening is part of the Breast Center’s overall screening mammography program.
When a woman comes to the Breast Center, she will complete a brief series of questions relating to her personal and family history of breast cancer. Our radiologists will then use risk assessment software to compute the patient’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and include it in the patient’s mammography report. Patients found to have an increased risk will be offered an appointment with Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth physicians to discuss the findings and develop a personalized plan for screening and early detection.
The risk assessment program is designed to provide women with the peace of mind that they are doing everything possible to detect breast cancer early to help decrease the amount of treatment they may need with better outcomes. The program also identifies women whose family or personal history may indicate the need for testing for the BRCA1 and 2 genes. Inherited mutations (“spelling mistakes” in the genetic code”) are associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
The multidisciplinary team at the Breast Center includes a clinical geneticist that works with patients to ensure they have the right information about their personal cancer risk and can make decisions based on that knowledge.