I have a family history of breast cancer, what do I do?

One in eight women will develop breast cancer. Therefore many women and men will have a family member diagnosed with breast cancer on their mother's or father's side. In most cases this will not increase the risk of other family members developing breast cancer.


If I am worried what should I do?

Many women can be assessed by their GP. However, your GP may refer you to the specialist family history clinic at the hospital.

Once a referral is received you will be sent a questionnaire to fill in about your family members who have been diagnosed with all types of cancer. Please fill this in with as much detail as possible and return it in the envelope provided (however please do not worry if you don’t know all the details).


Do I need to come to the breast clinic?

Your questionnaire will be assessed and you will either be sent an appointment to discuss your risk with the specialist team, or you may be sent a letter to reassure you that a full assessment of your questionnaire has been carried out and your risk is low and you do not need an appointment.


How long do I have to wait for an appointment?

Most ladies will receive an appointment with the specialist team six to eight weeks after they have returned their questionnaire.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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