Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Special Clinics

Breast Imaging

The majority of women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors. The MedStar Breast Health program’s high-risk clinics located at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center offer specialized evaluation by a team staffed by medical oncologists and nurse practitioners, for anyone with:

  • Family History: Just because family members developed breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean you face a hereditary risk — in fact, the majority of women in that situation do not. But you could carry a combination of low-risk, mutated genes, or a single high-risk mutation like BRCA1 or 2.
  • Radiation Exposure: Radiation therapy or frequent X-rays during childhood or young adulthood can increase your risk.
  • Abnormal Cells: Patients with abnormal cells detected by breast biopsy are at increased risk for developing breast cancer in the future.

Women who fit one or more of these categories are at higher risk for developing breast cancer and can benefit by knowing their choices for managing that risk. Besides regular checkups at our clinics, our services include:

  • Chemoprevention: Learn more about chemoprevention and other hormonal therapy for breast cancer
  • Prophylactic mastectomy: Learn more about surgery for breast cancer, including prophylactic mastectomy
  • Special expertise in providing and evaluating annual breast MRIs, in addition to regular mammograms
  • Focus on detecting breast cancer early

3D Mammography

MedStar Georgetown is proud to offer Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) to all our patients, at no additional charge. We have upgraded all our equipment to Breast Tomosynthesis systems with the latest C-View software that reduces radiation exposure to patients.  3D Mammography helps detect cancers earlier and more effectively than traditional 2D digital mammography. Learn more

Designations

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

 ACR Award

Related Resources

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Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a breast health specialist, please call our scheduling line.

855-768-5008


Meet the Team

Find a breast cancer expert at MedStar Georgetown to meet your individual treatment needs.


Cancer Care Patient Resources

Awards & Recognitions 

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The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Washington, D.C. region.

National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons 

As an CoC-accredited cancer center, MedStar Georgetown takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases.