Breast cancer screening resident survival guide
Breast cancer screening is an attempt to find unsuspected cancers. The most common screening methods include self and clinical breast exams, x-ray mammography, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and genetic testing.
Approach to Genetic Testing
Assess women with:
❑ No previous diagnosis with BRCA related cancer, and
❑ Absence of signs and symptoms of any BRCA related cancer
Risk assessment: is ANY of the following history factors present?
❑ Family members with breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer
High risk of potentially harmful BRCA mutation based on screening?
❑ Risk assessment for presence of potential BRCA mutation
❑ Educating patients about the possible genetic testing results
❑ Risk assessment of family members to identify suitable candidates for genetic testing
❑ Discussion about risk reducing interventions
❑ Post-test counseling
BRCA mutation genetic testing