Your risk

Visiting specialist services

If your GP (or breast cancer team) feels that the patterns of cancer in your family mean that you may have an increased risk of breast cancer, they will refer you to specialist services so this can be looked into further. Both men and women with a family history are able to access these services.

Specialists in these services can:
  • estimate your risk of developing breast cancer (a risk assessment)
  • provide or arrange counselling before and after your risk assessment
  • give you information on how you can manage your risk

If you are at increased risk of breast cancer, specialists can help you decide what steps to take.

Where will I be seen?
Who will I see?
How can I prepare for my appointment?
Can I take someone with me?
What happens at the appointment?
What are the possible results I may get from my risk assessment?
Will I have genetic testing?
Can I get support to help me?
Care you can expect
  • You should have the opportunity to make informed choices about your care and take part in decisions about your care
  • You should be offered accurate information that is tailored to suit you. This should include:
    • sources of support (both local and national)
    • an explanation of family history
    • the next steps for your care
    • information about the risk of breast cancer in the general population and those with a family history
    • breast awareness information
    • lifestyle advice to reduce your risk
    • details of studies or trials that you could take part in (where appropriate)
    • a reminder to let your clinic know if new cancers occur in your family, as this could alter your assessment
Related information
How will a specialist calculate my risk of breast cancer and what will this mean for me?

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Find out about the three main levels of breast cancer risk

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If you haven’t already been referred to a family history or genetics clinic, find out more about eligibility here

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