Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment

Lynne Cohen Foundation & Caring Together Project for Women with Increased Risk for Cancer

Schedule an Appointment:
212-731-5452 (Perlmutter Cancer Center)
212-263-3198 (Bellevue Hospital)

Are you at risk for breast cancer?

You are considered to be at increased risk for breast cancer if you have:

  • Family history of breast cancer in first-degree relative or more than one relative (mother's or father's side)
  • Family history of ovarian cancer (mother's or father's side)
  • Family history of any male with breast cancer (mother's or father's side)
  • Known mutation carrier in the family (BRCA) (mother's or father's side)
  • High-risk ancestry (e.g., Ashkenazi Jewish)
  • Relative hormonal risk factors
    • onset of menses at an early age
    • late menopause
    • no full-term pregnancies
    • no history of breast feeding
    • history of radiation exposure (e.g. treatment for Hodgkin's, thyroid or acne in childhood)

Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment at Perlmutter Cancer Center and Bellevue Hospital

The Lynne Cohen Screening and Prevention Clinics offer services for New York City women of all financial backgrounds who are at increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

The Perlmutter Cancer Center clinic offers services to women who have insurance or ability to pay in full. The Bellevue Hospital clinic offers services to women who do not have insurance.

NYU's medical oncologists and staff work with each woman to help her gain a clear understanding of her breast cancer risk factors, how her risk of developing breast cancer evolves as her life changes, and what she can do to manage her risk for breast cancer.

Women receive:

  • a thorough physical examination and review of medical history by a medical oncologist
  • routine and advanced screening examinations
  • education materials for risk reduction, genetic testing, preventive measures, and lifestyle choices
  • access to clinical trials, from studies that profile cells to those that track effects of lifestyle modifications and chemoprevention regimens
  • consultations with radiologists, surgical oncologists, gynecological oncologists, psychiatrists, pathologists, genetic counselors, social workers, nutritionists, and nurse practitioners

Risk-Assessment Services

Women who are found to be at high risk for breast cancer receive an individualized therapeutic approach tailored by NYU doctors to help minimize and manage their risk.

Breast cancer risk management includes:

  • Diet and lifestyle modifications
  • Psychological counseling
  • Preventive medical therapies (e.g, tamoxifen or access to clinical trial protocols as appropriate)
  • Risk-reducing surgery (e.g., removal of ovaries, prophylactic mastectomies with reconstruction)
  • Intensive surveillance which may consist of clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs as warranted
  • Surveillance for associated cancer risk (ovarian, colon, prostate, uterine, pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers, thyroid, and melanoma)