Familial breast cancer: classification, care and managing breast cancer and related risks in people with a family history of breast cancer

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Breast cancer in people who have a family history of breast, ovarian, or a related cancer may need different management from that in people without a family history of these cancers. This is because of differences in the future risk of developing contralateral breast cancer.

The risk of developing breast cancer depends on the: nature of the family history; number of relatives who have developed breast, ovarian or a related cancer; age at which relatives developed breast cancer; and age of the person.

This Guidelines summary lists the key priorities for implementation, and includes an algorithm outlining the care and management of people in primary care.


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