Group I : At Or Slightly Above Normal Risk.
Women in this group may either have:
- No confirmed relative with breast cancer.
- One first-degree or second-degree relative who developed breast cancer over the age of 50 years.
- Two first degree or second-degree relatives who developed breast cancer over the age of 50 years on either side of the family.
- One second-degree relative who developed breast cancer at any age.
NOTE: This represents 95% of all women in the population. 90% of women in this group will not get breast cancer. The relative risk over a lifetime is 1 in 12 to 1 in 8.
- Have regular mammograms starting at age 40.
- Have annual breast examination by a Health Professional.
NOTE. You should see your gp or breast centre promptly if you have any breast change.
Group II: Moderately Increased Risk
Women in this group may have: One or two first-degree relatives who develop breast cancer under the age of 50 years. Two first-degree or second-degree relatives on the same side of the family with breast or ovarian cancer at any age.
NOTE. This represents 4% of women in the population.75 - 90% of women in this group will not get breast cancer. The relative risk over a lifetime is 1 in 8 to 1 in 4.
This schedule should commence when you are five years younger than the youngest age at which your family member was diagnosed with breast cancer, or at age 40 (whichever is earlier).
- You should:
- Be seen at a specialised Breast Centre.
- Have annual mammograms. Have six-monthly ultrasound and clinical examinations.
NOTE. You should see your gp or breast centre promptly with any breast change.