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Risk Management Guidelines

Learn about the steps that people at high risk for cancer can take to manage their risk and protect their health.

NCCN Guidelines for risk management for men with BRCA mutations

Breast cancer

  • Breast self-exam training and education beginning at age 35
  • Annual clinical breast exam beginning at age 35

 Prostate cancer

  • Prostate cancer screening for BRCA2 mutation carriers beginning at age 45 is recommended, and should be considered for BRCA1 mutation carriers. 

Pancreatic cancer and melanoma screening

  • No specific guidelines exist for pancreatic cancer and melanoma. Screening for these cancer should be individualized based on cancers seen in the family.

Reproductive options

  • For patients of reproductive age, advise about options for prenatal diagnosis and assisted reproduction including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. 

Risk to relatives

  • Advise about possible inherited cancer risk to relatives, options for risk assessment, and management.
  • Recommend genetic counseling and consideration of genetic testing for at-risk relatives. 


Updated 11/05/2018

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