Early Detection

Breast cancer screening for women with BRCA alterations generally consists of:

  • monthly breast self-examination
  • twice-yearly (or more frequent) clinical breast examinations
  • mammograms once a year
  • breast MRI once a year

This screening may be different depending on your local center. Screening for early detection of breast cancer is effective but not perfect.

There is no good screening for ovarian cancer available. Some doctors may screen women with:

  • pelvic examination once or twice per year
  • transvaginal ultrasound once or twice per year
  • CA-125 marker screening after menopause

There are no data to show that this screening strategy is effective at detecting ovarian cancers at an earlier, more curable stage.