Breast Health Risk Assessment

At Spire Portsmouth Hospital, our surgical consultants have provided a range of breast investigations and surgery for many years. Our facilities offer patients high standards of diagnostic care in the Hampshire, West Sussex and Isle of Wight region. 

Our consultants are all recognised specialist surgeons experienced in the field of breast surgery. They work as part of a multi disciplinary team to ensure that your care from the initial investigation to diagnosis and treatment is as seamless as possible.

What is the Breast Health Risk Assessment?

The Breast Health Risk Assessment comprises the following components:

  1. Information video to aid decision making
  2. Lifestyle and family history assessment (Tyrer-Cuzick)
  3. deCODE BreastCancer™ genetic test based on a mouth swab
  4. Presentation of combined results as individual score in a face-to-face consultation with a breast surgeon
  5. Personalised breast screening programme

The Tyrer-Cuzick lifestyle and family history assessment is a risk estimation model which estimates the risk of breast cancer in healthy women. The model considers family history and life style, as well as a number of other clinical factors, such as a woman’s menarche (age at first period) and whether she has children.

The deCODE BreastCancer™ genetic test is a laboratory test carried out on a sample of a patient’s DNA collected via a mouth swab, looking for seven common genetic factors shown to contribute to a large proportion of female breast cancers.

How do I take the Breast Health Risk Assessment?

BreastHealth UK will provide access to the Tyrer-Cuzick questions. You will also receive a box through the post with a DNA collection tool kit and instructions for how to obtain a mouth swab. Once the test has been sent to, and returned by the laboratory, and the questionnaire completed, you will have a consultation arranged with a Breast Surgeon to discuss your results.

How much does the Breast Health Risk Assessment cost?

The price may vary from between hospitals but is approximately £550 (incl. VAT).

How long will it take to get the result?

Approximately 4 weeks after mailing the mouth swab sample to BreastHealth UK,  a consultation with a breast surgeon will be arranged to explain your results and options for a personalised breast screening programme.

More information about Breast Health Risk Assessment

You can visit the BreastHealth UK website for more information about the Breast Health Risk Assessment.

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