Breast Cancer Family History Service
The NHS South Lancashire Breast Screening Service offers a Breast Cancer Family History Risk Assessment Service for women of all ages who have a history of breast cancer in their family.
Even though more than 8 out of 10 women who have a close relative with breast cancer will never develop the disease, having a mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer may increase your risk.
It's wise for any person with a family history of breast cancer to receive appropriate advice and assessment through the Family History assessment clinic and if at increased risk have regular screening because early detection of breast cancer saves lives.
Advice from the NHS South Lancashire Breast Screening Service is for women with a family history of breast cancer and who are worried they may be at increased risk of the disease to discuss this with their GP.
After a GP referral, the NHS South Lancashire Breast Care team will calculate the risk of developing breast cancer using a person’s family history and individual genetic factors. If the risk is found to be moderate or higher, the patient is likely to be offered an appointment for advice, support and possible early screening.
The Breast Cancer Family History Risk Assessment Service supports women and men with blood relatives who have developed breast cancer - a parent, brother or sister, child, grandparent, aunt or uncle, nephew or niece, from either the mother’s or father’s side of their family.