Certain individuals are at higher risk for developing breast cancer, such as those who have a strong family history of the disease and/or those who carry the BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation.
This is why it is so important to discuss your family health history with your doctor, as certain measures can be taken to help reduce your risk.
The Cone Health Cancer Center’s High Risk Clinic was established to assess and care for individuals in the community who are at high risk of developing breast cancer.
If individuals are found to have a greater than 20 percent lifetime risk of developing the disease during their assessment, the oncologist will recommend certain interventions, such as MRI screening and medications, to help lower their risk and/or catch cancer at its earliest stages.
For individuals who are found to be carrying the BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation, the high rick clinician will work with them to plan surveillance, medical and/or surgical risk reducing strategies.
The high risk clinic also sees patients who have had high risk lesions removed from their breasts to plan risk reducing methods for them.
High risk clinics, such as the one at Cone Health Cancer Center, have become an integral tool in prevention and the fight against cancer.
Dr. Kalsoom Khan is an oncology and hematology specialist at Cone Health Cancer Center, board-certified in medical oncology.
She is a 1988 graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College.
She completed a residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Albany Medical Center Hospital and a fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.