Overview of the Service
Family History Breast Screening Service
The Family History Breast Clinic offers screening and advice to women who have a significant family history of breast cancer. Currently we undertake annual mammogram screening on over 700 women.
If you are aware of a family history of breast cancer, it is important to remember that:
- most women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease
- Only about 10% of breast cancers are hereditary, and less than half of those are due to a known gene fault (mutation)
- "The great majority of women with a relative with breast cancer are not at substantially increased risk of breast cancer themselves"
(NICE Guidelines for Familial Breast Cancer, 2006)
Services offered by the Family History Breast Clinic include:
- Advice to doctors and affected families
- Full consultation
- Breast screening which may involve:
- Assessment for referral to the Clinical Genetics Department
The usual route of referral is through your GP or another doctor such as a breast surgeon. A number of factors are considered when deciding who is at high enough risk to warrant referral.