Breast cancer risk evaluation for the primary care physician

Christine L. Klassen, Elizabeth Gilman, Aparna Kaur, Sara P. Lester, Sandhya Pruthi

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Primary care physicians are typically the front-line clinicians who assess female patients for their risk of breast cancer, doing so by using a combination of risk algorithms and collecting personal and family medical histories. Patients found to be at increased risk of breast cancer, defined as > 20% overall lifetime risk, are candidates for enhanced screening. This review notes risk factors, determinants of risk, and a systematic approach for primary care physicians to assess and manage patients at risk of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalCleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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