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Additional Resources
Additional Resources
To view all BCT resources, click here.
 

Are You Dense?

Information on screening for women with dense breast tissue.
 

BreastCancer.org

Information about breast cancer risk factors.
 

Bright Pink

Support and information for high-risk young women.
 

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Information on bresat cancer risk factors.
 

FORCE

Information and support for individuals with a family history of breast cancer.
 

National Cancer Institute: Risk Assessment Tool

A tool used to estimate a woman's risk of developing invasive breast cancer.
 

Sharsheret

Support and information for Jewish women facing breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Information on risk factors and breast cancer prevention.

I Have Not Had Breast Cancer

This is the place to start on BCT if you:

  • Have not had breast cancer
  • Have been told you are at higher than average risk of developing breast cancer
  • Have had a breast biopsy that found atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)

  • You do not need to complete a Health History form. Click on Find Trials to see all open prevention trials.

What Does “High Risk” Mean?

Some of the studies listed on BCT are open only to women at high risk of developing breast cancer. A woman may be considered high risk because she:

  • Has a family history of breast cancer. Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) who has had breast cancer doubles your risk. Having two first-degree relatives increases risk about three-fold. Having a father or brother who has had breast cancer also increases your risk.
  • Has had genetic testing and has been found to have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. You can learn more about BRCA genetic mutations here.
  • Has had a breast biopsy that found atypical hyperplasia (abnormal looking, though not cancerous, breast cells).
  • Has a number of the known risk factors for developing breast cancer. You can learn more about the known risk factors here.

Doctors often use a risk assessment tool developed by the National Cancer Institute to estimate a woman’s breast cancer risk. You can learn more about this tool here.


Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is recommended for all women who are considering being tested for a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Your health care provider should be able to refer you to a genetic counselor in your area. These websites can also be helpful:

 

What Types of Studies are Available?

Breast Cancer Prevention/Risk Reduction:

These studies are investigating ways to reduce breast cancer risk. They could be looking at lifestyle changes, like exercise or diet, or at medications that may help prevent cancer from occurring.

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Breast Cancer Screening:

These studies are looking at new methods for finding tumors early or increasing access to care.

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