A Simple Step for Better Breast Health
You’re about to take Community’s breast cancer health risk assessment (HRA). Before getting started, here’s what you can expect from the assessment and from your personalized risk report.
What is the HRA?
This HRA is a quick assessment that will help you understand your 5-year and lifetime risk for breast cancer. By answering a few questions about your health and your habits, you can walk away with a better understanding of the factors in your life that might contribute to breast cancer.
The assessment will ask about:
- Your family history with the disease
- Your lifestyle, including exercise and smoking
- Major life events, like your age during your first period
- How frequently you see a primary care physician
- Other related factors
Your best chance against breast cancer is early detection. Taking the HRA helps you understand your risk and lets you plan accordingly.
Who should take it?
Nearly all women above the age of 40 can benefit from taking the HRA. It can be particularly insightful if you’re at a higher risk of breast cancer — like if you have a family history of the disease or have Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
That being said, if you’ve already had cancer or related conditions then it will be more helpful to talk to your doctor. The HRA might not be accurate if you’ve previously had:
- Invasive breast cancer
- Non-invasive breast cancer
- Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
- Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
- Radiation for the treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma
- A positive test result for known mutations in BRCA1/BRCA2 genes
What happens after I take the HRA?
When you’re done with the HRA, you’ll be given a personalized report about your risk for breast cancer. The report walks you through each one of your answers to the assessment and explains the risk associated with your answer. You’ll also get breast health tips and next steps to consider.
If you’re at increased risk, you can depend on exceptional care from a Community provider. We’ll show you where you can get a convenient walk-in mammogram, or where to schedule an appointment. Your personalized report includes suggested conversations to have with your doctor, so you can go into your appointment prepared.
Ready to take the breast cancer health risk assessment? Let’s get started.