If you are at average risk for breast cancer, you may be given a schedule for routine screening under the care of your primary care doctor.
Above Average Risk
If you're at above-average risk, you may be given a schedule for increased screening, which may include additional breast imaging and routine follow-up in the Breast Risk Assessment Clinic.
If an abnormality is identified, you may be referred to the breast specialists at our breast clinic for additional testing.
Genetic Predisposition to Breast Cancer
If you have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, or one is suspected, you may benefit from the close relationship our breast specialists have with the genetic counselors in Duke’s Hereditary Cancer Clinic. If appropriate, they may recommend testing for BRCA1& and/or BRCA2 gene mutations -- the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer -- and will help you interpret your results. With these facts, they can discuss the options that can keep you and your family healthy. Genetic testing for other causes of hereditary breast cancer are performed when necessary.
Small Group Sessions for Returning Patients
As a returning patient, you may participate in an interactive small group session prior to your scheduled appointment. The group sessions, attended by 4-6 patients, are facilitated by a breast care provider who leads group discussions on topics such as breast cancer risk, nutrition, genetics, anxiety related to being at high risk, and more. Other Duke providers may also participate in these sessions to provide focused education on featured topics.
Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care
If needed, you will have immediate access to the entire scope of our nationally recognized breast cancer program, which includes the most advanced breast imaging technology and breast cancer treatments, medical and surgical care, clinical trials, patient and family support, and advanced breast reconstruction techniques.