High-risk Criteria


Be alert and talk with your doctor if on the same side of family you see:

  • Several family members with breast cancer, especially if they are 1st and 2nd degree;
  • One or more relatives developing breast cancer before the age of 50;
  • One or more men with breast cancer;
  • Bilateral breast cancer (both breasts), or a new cancer in the same breast of an old one;
  • Several cases of breast cancer, but also ovarian or prostate cancer
  • A mutation linked to breast cancer syndrome in a close relative.

If you identify any of these in your family history, talk with your doctor and ask for information on the available genetic services or  Familiar Cancer Services .

You can read the criteria to be referred by your doctor to these services  here .

Do not forget though:

  • Even if you belong to a family with a history of breast and/or ovarian hereditary cancer, this does not mean that you will develop the disease.
  • There are several ways to manage an increased risk of disease .
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