Breast Cancer Screening

Houston Methodist Breast Care Center specialists evaluate and identify factors that may increase patients’ breast cancer risks. We ensure patients undergo the screenings needed to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

Breast Cancer Risks
Your doctor will recommend screenings depending on your breast cancer risk. Having at least one risk factor does not mean you will get breast cancer. Yet, possessing no risk factors does not mean you will remain cancer-free.

  • Breast cancer risks include:
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Personal history of noncancerous (benign) tumors and tissue removal
  • Mutations in breast cancer gene 1 (BRCA1) or breast cancer gene 2 (BRCA2)
  • Menstruation before age 12
  • Giving birth to a first child after age 30 or being childless
  • Beginning menopause after age 55
  • Aging — most cases occur after age 50
  • Consuming more than one alcoholic drink daily
  • Being overweight or obese — especially after menopause or if excess body fat is in the upper body
  • Taking birth control pills at least four years before a first, full-term pregnancy
  • Postmenopausal hormone therapy
  • Estrogen produced by the body
  • Occupational radiation exposure