Piedmont Cancer

Breast Cancer

Hereditary Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer is hereditary, which means it is caused by an inherited gene mutation that runs in a family. Genetic counselors are available at Piedmont Cancer to help determine if genetic testing for inherited breast cancer risk would be beneficial for you and your family.

If you or a close family member (on either side of the family) have had any of the following, you may benefit from genetic counseling for breast cancer risk:

  • Breast cancer diagnosed at a young age (50 or younger)
  • Triple negative (ER-PR-Her2-) breast cancer at age 60 or younger
  • Multiple separate breast cancers, or breast cancer and another form of cancer, in the same person
  • Breast cancer (at any age), as well as a family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, uterine cancer, and/or thyroid cancer
  • Breast cancer (at any age) and Eastern European Jewish (Ashkenazi Jewish) ancestry
  • Male breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

Contact a Genetic Counselor

Ask your doctor about breast cancer genetic risk assessment, or contact one of our genetic counselors at 404-425-7300.

Amanda Eppolito

Genetic Counselor
Piedmont Atlanta Cancer Center

Molly Klein

Genetic Counselor
Piedmont Atlanta Cancer Center

Kelly Teed

Genetic Counselor
Piedmont Fayette Cancer Center

Kris Schultz

Piedmont Athens Regional
Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support


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