Breast & Ovarian Cancer Screening

Our screening programs for breast cancer and ovarian cancer aim to find cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most curable, and identify people who are at high risk for the disease. Breast cancer screening and ovarian cancer screening at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center may include physical examination and blood or imaging tests.

Breast Cancer Risk

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

  • a family history of breast cancer in a first-degree relative or more than one relative with the disease
  • a family history of ovarian cancer
  • a family history of any male with breast cancer
  • a known gene mutation (BRCA) carrier in the family
  • ancestry at higher risk to carry a genetic mutation, such as Ashkenazi Jewish
  • relative hormonal risk factors, such as using hormone replacement therapy
  • onset of menses before age 12
  • menopause after age 55
  • no full-term pregnancies
  • no history of breastfeeding
  • history of radiation exposure, including treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, or acne in childhood
  • a family history of cancers of any kind that is greater than that found in the average population
  • a high-risk lesion at breast biopsy, such as atypical ductal or lobular hyperplasia, a history of multiple breast biopsies, or dense breasts

Ovarian Cancer Risk

Our ovarian cancer screenings are for women considered high risk because they meet the following criteria:

  • have a personal or family history of ovarian cancer
  • have genetic mutations that predispose them to ovarian cancer
  • have used fertility drugs for more than one year

Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program

The Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program helps women in medically underserved communities secure breast health services, including breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and support services. Patient navigators help identify women who could benefit from breast cancer screening and assist them as they navigate the healthcare system.