For women ages 30 – 69
People are often surprised to learn that less than one per cent of women are estimated to be at high risk for breast cancer. Women in this category have a greater risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime (up to 85%) than the general population (10-12%). Women at high risk can develop breast cancer at an earlier age and their breast cancers tend to be more aggressive.
Women are eligible for the OBSP High Risk Screening Program if they have no signs of breast cancer, are 30 to 69 years of age and meet one of the following risk criteria, including:
- They have a genetic mutation that puts them at high risk for breast cancer.
- They have refused genetic testing, but have a parent, sibling or child with a genetic mutation that puts them at high risk for breast cancer.
- Their family history indicates a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 25 percent or more, confirmed through genetic assessment.
- They received radiation therapy to the chest before age 30 as treatment for another cancer or condition.
How the OBSP High Risk program works:
If you think you may be in the high risk category, talk to your healthcare provider about a referral with a genetic counselor for a risk assessment.