Breast Cancer Risk Assessment & Genetic Counseling
Count on the specialized breast care team at Nash Breast Care Center to help you assess your risk for breast cancer. You’ll have access to personalized, top-quality genetic counseling and the breast cancer gene (BCRA) test if you need it.
Risk Assessment Services
Partner with the care team at Nash Breast Cancer Center dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast cancer. When you come to the Breast Center for your mammogram, you’ll meet with a certified mammographer. Your mammographer will review and record your personal and family history of breast and ovarian cancer. Your radiologist at Nash UNC will decide whether you need genetic counseling, testing or both.
Genetic Counseling & Testing
Get genetic counseling if you are at high-risk for developing breast cancer. Your breast health navigator will make an appointment with a genetic counselor to discuss your risk factors. Take part in a telemedicine video consultation with a knowledgeable UNC genetic counselor at UNC Cancer Care at Nash. That means you don’t have to travel outside of Rocky Mount to get expert guidance for genetic testing.
When to Consider a BRCA Gene Test
If your past health or family history puts you at high-risk for breast cancer, your genetic counselor may recommend one or more breast cancer gene test panels. The two most common hereditary breast cancer genes are BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. Some people are born with a damaged gene that doesn’t prevent breast and ovarian cancer from developing.
Learn more about what risk factors to consider when you’re deciding whether you should have genetic counseling and testing.