Health Heritage | What to Expect | For More Information

The goal of this program is to educate you about your risk for breast cancer and whether you need additional tests or visits in the clinic or if you can be reassured that your risk is not greater than the general population. In addition, we will be conducting research studies that you may wish to participate in to allow us to examine better ways to assess risk and prevent breast cancer.

We believe that through education and research, we can empower women to feel more comfortable about their breast health, to be proactive for their overall health, and to create an important information legacy for their children and future generations.

You should consider a High Risk Breast Health Evaluation if you have:

  • A family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • A personal history of ovarian cancer
  • A first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with a known BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 gene mutation
  • Multiple family members diagnosed with breast, ovarian, prostate, or pancreatic cancer
  • A male relative with breast cancer
  • Atypical cells detected during a breast biopsy
  • Radiation therapy to the chest between the age of 10 and 30 years
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and a personal or family history of breast/ovarian cancer
  • Dense breast(s) on a mammogram
  • A personal history of breast cancer (since there is a higher risk of developing another breast cancer)

The best way to determine whether you may need a consult and to collect information about risk factors is to use Health Heritage.

Health Heritage

The personalized risk assessment begins with a complete individual and family medical history using the NorthShore family history application, Health Heritage, to help us determine your risk factors for breast cancer.

Health Heritage is available to all persons with a NorthShoreConnect account. If you do not have a NorthShoreConnect account, we urge you to register at northshoreconnect.org. Patients should log on to complete as much of Health Heritage as possible prior to your clinic visit. If you have questions about Health Heritage as you are completing it, please contact us at healthheritage@northshore.org. If you are unable to complete Health Heritage prior to your visit, we will assist you.

What to Expect

During your first visit, we will review the results from Health Heritage and complete your personal and family health history. Following a clinical breast exam, we can provide recommendations about which breast imaging technique you should use, as well as education about ways to potentially reduce your risk of breast cancer. We will communicate our recommendations to your primary care provider, if you desire, so they can be part of the team monitoring your breast health.

During your visit, your evaluation may include:

  • A risk assessment beginning with the completion of Health Heritage
  • Review of mammograms and other breast imaging studies
  • A clinical breast exam
  • Orders placed for screening tests as appropriate (mammography, breast ultrasound, MRI)
  • Personalized surveillance plan
  • Risk reduction strategies including counseling on lifestyle modifications
  • Patient education materials 
  • If indicated, you may receive a referral to the following specialists
    – Center for Medical Genetics for an evaluation of family history and genetic risk
    – Medical Oncologist for medication to prevent breast cancer
    – Breast Surgeon for a discussion about risk-reduction surgery
    – Gyn-Oncologist for a discussion about risk-reduction surgery

How to prepare for your visit:

  • Sign in to NorthShoreConnect and go to Health Heritage and complete as much as possible prior to your visit.
  • Be prepared to log on to your Health Heritage account while at the clinic so we can review any questions you may not have been able to answer and review them together.
  • Bring any outside breast imaging films and report results (mammogram, ultrasound, breast MRI).

For More Information

For more information about the NorthShore Kellogg Cancer High Risk Breast Program, please call us at 847.570.1700.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a breast health evaluation, please do so in one of the following ways:

  1. Ask your NorthShore physician to place an order for a “High Risk Breast Program/Breast Health Screening Outpatient Referral”. Our staff will call you to set up an appointment once the order has been placed.

    Or

  2. Call us at 847.570.1700 and ask to schedule an appointment for a “Breast Risk Assessment” visit in the High Risk Breast Program.
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