High Risk Program  

Saratoga Hospital's Center for Breast Care is proud to offer this program for women at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

In the United States, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. A woman is considered high risk if, based on a variety of factors, she has a one in five chance of developing the disease.

If you qualify for the High Risk Program, you will work closely with our providers to develop a prevention, screening, and risk-reduction plan that makes sense for you. 

"We all know someone who's been diagnosed with breast cancer, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Each woman in the High Risk Program will have a personalized plan to screen for the disease based on their individual history and needs."

  – Emily O'Connor, FNP-BC
     Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care.


What factors increase my risk for developing breast cancer?

A variety of things influence your risk, including:

  • Family history.
  • Genetic mutations.
  • Dense breasts.
  • Obesity.
  • Early menstruation.
  • Entering menopause at an older age.

How do I know I qualify to participate in the High Risk Program?

Your initial appointment will include a 90-minute consult with Emily O'Connor, FNP-BC. As part of the assessment, you will discuss your family history, lifestyle, and other information. Based on that assessment, Emily and the team at the Center for Breast Care will determine if this program is the right fit for you.

Are there things I can do to lower my risk of developing breast cancer?

Certain risk factors, like family history and dense breasts, cannot be adjusted to reduce your risk. However, adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent all sorts of illnesses and diseases, and manage chronic conditions. You should:

  • Stay physically active.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Do not skip your annual physical.
  • Limit alcohol consumption and avoid all tobacco products.
  • Get regular cancer screenings.
  • Watch your weight.

How do I make an appointment for the initial assessment?

You may ask your primary care provider for a referral, or call the office directly at 518-580-2170.