Information about risk of familial breast cancer

Information about risk of familial breast cancer

If you are concerned about your risk of familial breast cancer, you should be given the following standard written information:

  • risk levels in the general population and in people with a family history, including a definition of family history

  • the message that, if your family history changes, your risk may change

  • breast awareness information

  • lifestyle advice regarding breast cancer risk, including:

    • HRT and oral contraceptives

    • lifestyle, including diet and alcohol

    • breastfeeding, family size and timing of having a baby

  • contact details of those providing support and information, including local and national support groups

  • information about bringing a relative or friend to appointments

  • details about clinical trials or studies that may be appropriate for you to take part in.

If required, you may also receive:

  • advice about how to obtain a full family history

  • information about how your risk will be assessed

  • details of your likely risk of developing breast cancer

  • details of mammographic and MRI surveillance options, if appropriate, including the risks and benefits

  • details of counselling and genetic testing, including what the tests mean

  • information about the risks and benefits of surgery to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer (when surgery is being considered), including both the physical and psychological impact

  • information about the risks and benefits of drug treatments to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Information Standard