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What affects your risk of getting breast cancer?

Breast cancer is complex and is known to be caused by a combination of risk factors. A number of these factors can increase or decrease the chances of developing breast cancer. Some factors are easier to control, like diet and exercise, but some are out of your control, like age and genetics. The two most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older.

OptumCare Breast Care’s compassionate staff is devoted to helping people deal with the emotional and physical aspects of breast cancer through pre operative counseling and coordination of care. We provide cutting-edge medical and surgical care to all patients with breast cancer and related concerns, including benign and malignant problems, in a respectful, thoughtful and compassionate manner.

Patients are referred to OptumCare Breast Care by their primary care provider (PCP) or their obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) when a diagnostic imaging referral is placed or when additional breast imaging is needed. Patients can also self-refer.

Our Three Provider Teams

Our goal is to offer coordinated, multi-disciplinary care to suit the individual needs of each patient.

Breast Surgery Team

Team Members

Fellowship Trained Surgeons

Nurse Practitioner (APRN)

Registered Nurse Navigator (RN)

Medical Assistant

Breast Care Team

Team Members

Nurse Practitioner (APRN)

Registered Nurse Navigator (RN)

Breast Care Navigator (RN)

Medical Assistant

Imaging Team

Team Members

Mammography Technologist

Ultrasound Technologist


  • – Being a woman
  • – Aging (breast cancer risk increases with age)
  • – An inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer genes
  • – A family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • – High breast density on a mammogram
  • – A personal history of breast cancer, including ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  • – Exposure to large amounts of radiation at a young age
  • – Never having children or having a first child after age 35
  • – Age at first period (before age 12)
  • – Older age at menopause (age 55 or older)
  • – Alcohol use
  • – Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
  • – Current or recent use of birth control pills
  • – Current or recent use (for more than 5 years) of menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use) containing estrogen plus progestin
  • – Being overweight or weight gain as an adult (postmenopausal breast cancer)
  • – Not breastfeeding
  • – Lack of exercise
  • – Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
  • – Getting regular exercise
  • – Limiting alcohol
  • – Avoiding menopausal hormones containing estrogen plus progestin
  • – Breastfeeding for over 1 year, if possible

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