Carolinas HealthCare System

Some women have a significantly increased risk for breast cancer because of factors such as family history and genetic mutations such as the BRCA gene. Levine Cancer Institute offers comprehensive genetic counseling and breast cancer risk assessment which can help determine whether you are a suitable candidate to take the following measures to prevent breast cancer before it occurs.

  • Chemoprevention: You may be eligible to take an estrogen blocking drug to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Preventive surgery: If you have a BRCA gene mutation you may choose to have your breasts and ovaries removed. Removing your breasts may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by 97 percent and removing your ovaries may reduce your risk by 50 percent. Having bilateral mastectomies is not a guarantee that you will not get breast cancer. A small amount of breast tissue is left attached to the skin that could develop cancer.