Breast cancer risk assessment in the spotlight following Olivia Munn announcement

The assessment includes the patient's medical, reproductive and family history so doctors know what kind of imaging is needed to search for breast cancer tumors.

Gillian Neff and Rose Shannon

Mar 17, 2024, 4:57 PM

Updated 26 days ago

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A Stamford health doctor says there are several action items women can take to determine their own risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Mia Kazanjian says all women should complete a risk assessment for breast cancer by 25. The assessment includes the patient's medical, reproductive and family history so doctors know what kind of imaging is needed to search for breast cancer tumors.
The goal is for doctors to find tumors that are minuscule and easy to treat.
Risk assessment was thrust into the spotlight after actress Oliva Munn announced she is being treated for breast cancer. She encouraged women to ask their doctors about risk assessment in a lengthy social media post.
Dr. Kazanjian says women, even those with an average risk for breast cancer, need to screen for breast cancer every year starting at 40.
Women are also encouraged to talk to their doctor and find out if they should begin screening earlier and if additional imaging with ultrasound or MRI is necessary.


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