- Women who are known to be carriers of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation;
- Women with a first degree relative that is a known carrier of the BRCA gene mutation carrier;
- Women with strong family history in first and second degree relatives with breast and ovarian cancer;
- Patients who have had chest irradiation for cancer prior to 30 years of age.
Women at high risk have a 25 per cent or greater lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. In other words, their risk is two to five times higher than most other women. Many of these breast cancers detected in younger women are more aggressive than those seen at a later age.
- A better chance of treating and curing the cancer successfully;
- A lesser chance that the cancer will spread;
- More treatment options.