The OhioHealth High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic helps women understand and manage their breast cancer risk. The High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic is located in central Ohio, and includes:

  • On-going cancer surveillance for high-risk women.
  • Enhanced, high risk breast cancer screening options to help detect problems early.
  • State-of-the-art digital mammography screening, ultrasound and MRI technology.
  • Support from the OhioHealth Breast Health program combined with the expertise of the OhioHealth Cancer Genetics Program.
  • An evaluation of personal and/or family history of cancer and how it may impact medical management.

What Is "High Risk Breast Cancer"?

You may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer if:

  • You have a family member who was diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50.
  • You have several family members who were diagnosed with breast cancer and/or ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancer.
  • You or someone in your family tested positive for a known breast cancer mutation such as BRCA 1 or 2, or PTEN (Cowden's Syndrome).
  • You have had atypical cells detected during a breast biopsy.
  • You had chest mantle radiation for lymphoma.
  • You have a previous history of breast cancer. 
  • You have a male relative with breast cancer.
  • You are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

If you have one or more of these high risk breast cancer indicators, talk with your physician. Ask if a referral to the OhioHealth High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic is right for you.

What you can expect at the OhioHealth High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic

  • One location for imaging, clinical breast exams and consultation in our comfortable Breast Health Center.
  • Your mammogram will be reviewed by a radiologist and our state-of-the-art, computer- aided detection system (CAD).
  • The radiologist and clinic surgeon will consult about your mammogram.
  • A surgeon experienced in the care of breast cancer will examine your breasts and the area around them for lumps or other changes.
  • Our Cancer Risk nurse will review your risk factors, current medical management and answer any questions.
  • Based on your history, the Cancer Risk nurse may recommend genetic counseling, research protocols or other services.
  • Our Breast Health nurse will provide instruction on breast self-exams and education on other preventative measures and lifestyle changes.
  • Your referring physician will receive information about your mammogram results, medical management recommendations, and any other details of your visit.

Scheduling and Insurance

Your physician can refer you to the High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic for a screening, or you may call (614) 566-2622.

You are encouraged to check with your health insurance plan to determine coverage for these services. Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) must be pre-certified.