High Risk Breast Program Aids Early Detection of Breast Cancer

With a new diagnosis approximately every two minutes, breast cancer is a common fear for many women, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, breast cancer is actually one of the most treatable cancers when detected early. Annual mammograms are recommended for every woman over age 40, but those with genetic mutations or personal risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing cancer might need extra surveillance. That’s why CHI St. Vincent Breast Center established the High Risk Breast Program.

Led by breast surgeon Dr. Sirinya Prasertvit and radiologist Dr. Brian Owens, the CHI St. Vincent High Risk Breast Program provides an individualized plan for women with additional risk factors. “In our program, we help with genetic testing as well as screening, mammograms and MRIs, as well as clinical exams that go along with those,” said Dr. Prasertvit. “Early detection is our goal here.”

Age, family history, medical history, weight and lack of physical activity are just a few of the factors that can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. To learn more about the importance of early detection and additional resources available to support high risk patients, visit CHI St. Vincent Breast Center to learn more about the High Risk Breast Program.

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