Some women have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. The St. Clair Health High Risk Breast Clinic offers you specialized services for your breast health. Our breast specialists help you understand your personal risk factors for breast cancer and your level of risk. They help you develop a personalized plan for breast cancer screening and prevention.
Early detection of breast cancer and state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Several risk assessment tools are available to help health care professionals estimate the likelihood that a woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
St. Clair Health has implemented a comprehensive screening tool called the Tyrer-Cuzick Risk Assessment Model. This tool, also used by our clinical collaborator Mayo Clinic, will determine your estimated risk of developing breast cancer. During your mammogram services, you will be asked a series of questions about your personal and family medical history. Those answers along with your mammogram results will enable our radiologist to determine if you are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.
Village Square Outpatient Center
2000 Oxford Drive, Suite 301
Bethel Park, PA 15102
“The goal is to give women
who are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer clinical support, along with tools to keep a closer eye on breast health. By identifying these patients, we hope to catch cancers earlier, giving them a much better chance of survival,” says Bibianna A. Klepchick, MD,
Director of Breast Imaging.
If you are considered “high risk”, you may be referred to our High Risk Breast Clinic. The Clinic staffed with a multidisciplinary team of experts in breast health proactively manages your care and is committed to creating a unique plan for each patient with a single goal: to prevent breast cancer.
“This is about helping you understand where you are so we can get you where you need to go,” says Raye J. Budway, MD, Director of St. Clair’s Breast Care Center, adding, “The New High Risk Breast Program will help standardize the evaluation of each patient.”
If you qualify, you will meet with one of our high-risk breast providers to help develop a personalized screening action plan. During this appointment, you will better understand how your estimated risk is calculated and what you can do to help reduce your risk. Your first visit will be with one of the participating providers who will review your history, answer all of your questions and establish a care plan. The clinic will help schedule and coordinate regular clinical breast exams, radiology screening and preventative measures.
Q: How will I be informed if I am at high risk for developing breast cancer?
A: If you are considered “high risk” (greater than 20%), this score will be included in your mammography report along with additional recommendations to proactively manage your care.
Q: Because I am high risk, does this mean I have or will develop cancer?
A: This does not mean you have cancer or will develop it in your lifetime; these risk factors put you at a higher risk compared to the rest of the population.
Q: If my score indicates that I am at a higher risk for developing breast cancer, what are my next steps?
A: You may be referred for more testing such as a Breast MRI. You may also be referred to our High Risk Breast Clinic. There you will meet with a multidisciplinary team of experts who will navigate you through your journey.
Q:Will my health insurance coverage be affected if I am deemed high risk?
A: Health insurance companies cannot use results to deny coverage or charge higher premiums under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The Tyrer-Cuzick Risk Assessment Model is available to all St. Clair Health patients regardless of insurance type and all patients are encouraged to participate.