Oct 5, 2012 7:23 PM by Kristen Holloway

Knowing Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Knowing your risk is one of the key components in the fight against breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Genetics/High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic just opened in Lafayette to assess those at a greater risk. Genetics, family history and other factors may increase the risk of a person developing breast cancer, how do you know if you fall into that category? One breast surgeon is helping answer that question.
"We talk with people about their family history and their personal history in terms of breast cancer, breast biopsy and lifestyles," said Tyshaun James-Hart.
James-Hart conducts services in her office in Lafayette. She helps women assess their risk for breast cancer. However her main focus is to determine if a person is a candidate for genetic testing.
"We determine exactly what cancer is in the immediate family and what ages those cancers are developed in those relatives," said James-Hart.
Should you be considered at higher risk, but do not have breast cancer. Dr. James-Hart says the next step is to increase the frequency of mammogram and/or MRI's.
James-Hart says she sits down with patients to figure out the risks of not only breast cancer but other kinds of cancers that patients can also be at risk for.
"When you come to the clinic if you have any question at all thats what this is for, to sort those things out and let you know where you fall in the spectrum and to give you peace of mind," said James-Hart.
An estimated 1 in 8 women in the U.S will develop some form of invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.


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