Breast cancer is a disease that affects many people – both men and women – in the United States. It is estimated that about 12 percent of women in the United States – or 1 in 8 – will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life. Second only to skin cancer, breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among American women. At Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, it is our mission to save lives from the disease of breast cancer. For many, that can start with at our High Risk Assessment Clinic.
Getting your breast cancer risk assessment with us is a great step for the future of your health. We employ some of the best doctors and surgeons in the medical field, and our breast cancer risk assessment considers all factors to give you the best prognosis for your future health.
What Are the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer?
There are several risk factors that our medical team looks for when assessing a patient for breast cancer. First, our doctors will look at your family history. The truth is that women who have breast cancer in the family have a higher likelihood of contracting the disease. In addition, those women who are most at risk may have breast cancer within one generation. In other words, their mothers or sisters might have the disease, and this will put them at greater risk.
There are other factors at play here as well. For example, overall health will be assessed. Women who might be at risk are always encouraged to take care of their health by eating well, exercising on a regular basis and avoiding excess alcohol and smoking.
Get Your Breast Cancer Risk Assessment at KCBC
KCBC is one of few facilities in the country that offers the Myriad myRisk™ Hereditary Cancer panel. This panel is comprised of 25 genes and analyzes elevated risk for eight important cancers. It also identifies up to 50 percent more mutation carriers than the panels developed for hereditary uterine and colorectal cancers.
Schedule Your Consultation
If breast cancer runs in your family, contact Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center to schedule your high risk assessment. We’ll work with you to determine your risk factors for breast cancer. Our calm, spa-like facility provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all of our patients. Together we can take preventative measures to keep you safe from breast cancer.