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High Risk Assessment


At the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center (KCBC), we understand that you want to know what’s going on with your breast health – not only now, but into the future as well. At our High Risk Assessment Clinic, we offer answers to the questions you and your family have about the probability and risks of getting breast cancer.

Patients may either be referred to our High Risk clinic by a physician or contact us directly at our Knoxville, Tennessee office to schedule an appointment.

What Does High Risk Assessment Entail?

During a breast cancer risk consultation, you will receive:

  • A comprehensive assessment and family pedigree review
  • An individualized breast cancer evaluation
  • Those women who already possess a known or suspected gene abnormality that places them at higher risk for breast cancer will receive genetic counseling
  • A customized risk reduction plan that offers ways to maintain breast health, including such lifestyle changes as diet and exercise.

Who is a Good Candidate for a High Risk Evaluation?

A high risk screening should be considered for women who have a personal or family history of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Bilateral breast cancer
  • Both breast and ovarian cancer
  • Male breast cancer
  • Breast/ovarian cancer with Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry
  • Triple negative breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Colonic polyps at any age
  • Melanoma in 3 or more close relatives
  • Personal History of LCIS (Lobular Carcinoma in Situ)
  • Personal History of ADH (Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia)

Why Choose KCBC for Your High Risk Assessment?

KCBC is one of few facilities in the country that offers the Myriad myRisk™ Hereditary Cancer panel. Comprised of 25 genes, this panel analyzes elevated risk for 8 important cancer and identifies up to 50 percent more mutation carriers than the panels developed for hereditary uterine and colorectal cancers.

In addition to breast and ovary cancer mutations, the hereditary cancer panel can also test for mutations for these types of cancers:

  • Gastric
  • Colorectal
  • Pancreatic
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate
  • Endometrial

Studies have shown that approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary, and that those with hereditary cancer markers may stand a significant risk of developing cancer. Here at KCBC we embrace the strides made in DNA and genetic testing to give you answers. The turnaround time for this testing is typically 14 days or less, and every patient that has this testing done is provided with their genetic test results as well as a personalized cancer risk and management guide.

At KCBC, we provide a calming, spa-like atmosphere to help patients feel at ease during their visit. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and determine whether a visit to the High Risk Assessment clinic is right for you.