Women with a family history of breast cancer
Although research studies have not yet shown a clear benefit in the general population for starting screening earlier than age 50, women at increased risk because of a family history of breast cancer may benefit from screening at an earlier age. The balance between benefit and harm from screening younger women at moderate or high risk is unknown, as research has not been undertaken for this specific group of women.
Establishing a system to evaluate screening in this group of women, while providing them with high quality genetic and screening services, is essential to inform policy makers, clinicians and the women themselves. Therefore, BTW is offering screening to women resident in Wales, who have been assessed by the Genetics Service and found to have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
For more information, please speak to your GP or ask us for contact details for your local Genetics Service.