High-Risk Breast Program

Women's Medicine Collaborative

About the High-Risk Breast Program

All women are at risk for breast cancer, but some women have a higher risk than others. Women who are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer may need additional screening, management, or treatment. Led by Charu Taneja, MD, our team of breast health specialists at the Women's Medicine Collaborative will provide a comprehensive evaluation for individuals at risk.

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Contact the High-Risk Breast Program

The Women’s Medicine Collaborative is a convenient, comfortable setting dedicated to women’s health.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-793-7917.

Who Is at High Risk for Breast Cancer?

Certain conditions can increase a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

Some of these conditions or risk factors include:

  • Atypical findings on a mammogram
  • Multiple prior breast biopsies
  • Atypical findings on a previous breast biopsy
  • Family or personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • A BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
  • Known cancer mutation in your family
  • Radiation treatment to the chest area between ages 10 and 30
  • Hereditary cancer syndromes including Li-Fraumeni Syndrome and Cowden Syndrome
  • A calculated risk of breast cancer that is 20 to 29 percent, based on family history, personal health history, or genetic markers

When Should I See My Doctor if I Am at High Risk for Breast Cancer?

To understand your risk for breast cancer and what you can do to manage it, consult with your doctor. In addition to receiving your regular screenings and performing regular self-exams, let your doctor know of any personal or family history of breast cancer.

If you are referred to the High-Risk Breast Program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, our team will provide a personalized care plan to manage your risk.

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