5. Learn about genetic testing
BRCA 1 and 2 are no longer the only genes associated with high breast cancer risk. The majority of breast cancers are not related to inherited high-cancer risk syndromes. But if you have one of these syndromes, it may change your treatment. There are guidelines on who needs genetic testing based on your personal and family history.
Lora Weiselberg, MD, is a hematologist/oncologist at Northwell Health and is chief of breast cancer services at the Monter Cancer Center. She's an associate professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Her clinical and academic focus has been on cancer chemprevention and breast cancer treatment. She has served as a principal investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project for Northwell in both their breast cancer prevention trials, numerous breast cancer treatment trials and in the colon polyp prevention trial.