NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.
This information explains the advice that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 164 about the care of people who might be at higher risk of breast cancer because of breast cancer in their family (familial breast cancer).
All of the treatment and care that NICE recommends is in line with the NHS Constitution (www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england). NICE has also produced advice on improving the experience of care for adults using the NHS. For more information see 'About care in the NHS' on our website (www.nice.org.uk/nhscare).
This is an update of advice on familial breast cancer that NICE produced in 2004 and 2006.
you are a woman (18 years or over) who might be at higher risk of breast cancer than the general population because of breast and/or ovarian cancer in your family
you are a woman who has had breast cancer and has breast and/or ovarian cancer in your family.
If you are a man (18 years or over) who might be at higher risk of breast cancer because of breast and/or ovarian cancer in your family, the information about referral to a specialist genetics service, genetic counselling and genetic testing applies to you.