The high-risk screening program is designed for women between the ages of 30-69, with any of the following risk factors:
-Genetic testing confirming a mutation that increases the risk for breast cancer.
-A 25 per cent or greater lifetime risk of developing breast cancer confirmed through genetic assessment.
-Radiation therapy to the chest before 30 years of age and more than eight years ago as treatment for another cancer or condition.
Women who meet the criteria for high-risk breast cancer screening will have access to several services at HSN, including MRI breast screening using HSN’s recently acquired MRI breast coil, MRI-guided biopsies, genetic assessment or testing, and mammography.
Referral to the high risk breast screening program must be made by the patient’s physician.
“As a front-line physician, I'm very excited to start offering enhanced screening for women at higher risk of developing breast cancer,” says Dr. Evan Roberts, a radiologist at HSN and the MRI medical lead for high risk breast cancer detection.
“We're very confident in the ability of our state-of-the-art MRI breast coil and MRI-guided breast biopsies to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, which has life-saving implications for our patients."
Roughly 34,000 women in Ontario are at high risk of developing breast cancer. Women in the high-risk category are two to five times more likely to develop breast cancer than the general population.
Visit Cancer Care Ontario’s High Risk Breast Screening Program website for more information.