had a diagnosis of atypical hyperplasia or any other type of benign breast disease, or lobular carcinoma-in-situ
There is no direct family history of Breast Cancer in first generation (sisters or parents) or suggestions of hereditary forms of cancer.
No history of mantle radiation for lymphoma (a type of upper body radiation given for lymph gland cancer)

You are at above average risk if:

  • There is a close family history of Breast Cancer.  This means that your parents, grandparents or children have had Breast Cancer. It also may include your aunts, cousins and other relatives if there are many in the family who have Breast Cancer, all from the same side of the family.
  • You have had a diagnosis of atypia on a previous breast biopsy. This is a form of benign breast disease but can be associated with an increased risk of later cancer
  • You had mantle radiation before the age of 32

Screening guidelines

Screening guidelines are intended to increase the chance of picking up a cancer or worrying area of cells once they have developed in your breast. There is no test or method that prevents cancer developing in the breast but we can pick it up as early as possible to ensure the best outcome for you. These guidelines are taken from the American

Average risk patients

  • Examine your own breasts each month and get to know what is normal for you
  • After the age of 40 see your doctor or breast specialist every six months for a clinical breast examination
  • After the age of 40 get a mammogram and sonar at least every two years
  • After the age of 50 get a mammogram and sonar every year

Average risk patients

  • Examine your own breasts each month and get to know what is normal for you
  • After the age of 40 see your doctor or breast specialist every six months for a clinical breast examination
  • After the age of 40 get a mammogram and sonar at least every two years
  • After the age of 50 get a mammogram and sonar every year

Above average risk patients

  • Examine your own breasts each month and get to know what is normal for you so it is easier to spot something abnormal if it happens
  • See your doctor or breast specialist every three to six months for a clinical breast examination, starting when you are ten years younger than the youngest age a Breast Cancer was diagnosed in your family (but not earlier than 25 years or later than 40)
  • Go for an annual mammogram and sonar starting no later than ten years before the youngest member of your family was diagnosed with Breast Cancer
  • If you have atypia diagnosed, you should start annual mammograms irrespective of age, and see your doctor for a clinical breast examination every three months
  • You may want to consider an MRI scan, which helps with the differentiation of normal and abnormal breast tissue in some difficult to diagnose patients.

Simple measure can reap great rewards. Getting to know your breasts and getting into the habit of checking them regularly is important. Consider booking your next mammogram and sonar for the week after your birthday- that way you will be reminded every year that it is time for a check-up!