Questions For Your Provider – Breast Cancer Risk

For those at average risk of breast cancer

For women at higher than average risk of breast cancer

  • Should I take a risk-lowering drug (tamoxifen or raloxifene)? Do the benefits of taking one of these drugs outweigh the risks for me?
  • What about prophylactic mastectomy or prophylactic oophorectomy?
  • What breast cancer screening tests should I have? Can you discuss options, such as breast MRI? When should I start screening? How often should I get screened?
  • What’s the best way to manage menopausal symptoms? Is menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use, hormone replacement therapy (HRT)) a safe way to manage them? Are there other options?
  • Are there clinical trials enrolling people at higher than average risk of breast cancer? If so, how can I learn more?

Learn more about options for women at higher risk of breast cancer.

If you’ve been told you’re at higher risk for breast cancer, Susan G. Komen® has a series of Questions to Ask Your Doctor resources that may be helpful. We have a Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Inherited Gene Mutations resource and a Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Breast Density resource.

You can download and print these resources and take them with you to your next doctor appointment. There’s plenty of space to write down the answers to these questions, which you can refer to later.

There are other Questions to Ask Your Doctor resources on many different breast cancer topics you may wish to download.

For women with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)

  • Is LCIS invasive breast cancer? What does this condition mean for me?
  • Should I take a risk-lowering drug (tamoxifen or raloxifene)? Do the benefits of taking one of these drugs outweigh the risks for me?
  • What breast cancer screening tests should I have? Can you discuss options, such as breast MRI? When should I start screening? How often should I get screened?
  • Are there clinical trials enrolling people with LCIS? If so, how can I learn more?
  • What will my long-term follow-up care include? Who will oversee that care?
  • What are my chances of developing non-invasive or invasive breast cancer in the future?
  • What’s the best way to manage menopausal symptoms? Is menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use, hormone replacement therapy (HRT)) a safe way to manage them? Are there other options?

Learn about LCIS and breast cancer risk.

For women who’ve had breast cancer

  • Are there healthy behaviors that may reduce my risk of breast cancer recurrence and improve my survival?
  • How does my breast cancer diagnosis affect risk for my family members?
  • What lifestyle behaviors can help my family members lower their risk of breast cancer?
  • Should my family and I consider genetic testing?
    • What issues should my family consider before getting genetic testing?
    • Can you recommend a genetic counselor to help me and my family decide if genetic testing is right for us?
    • How much does genetic testing cost? Does my insurance cover it?
  • Since women who have had breast cancer should avoid menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use, hormone replacement therapy (HRT)), what’s the best way for me to manage menopausal symptoms?

Find out more on talking with your health care provider