The Know Your Risk tool consists of a series of questions about risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer. It uses the participant’s answers to these questions to estimate their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, as either average, moderately increased, or potentially high risk.
This estimate of a participant’s risk category is based on criteria outlined in Australian and international cancer guidelines. The tool also suggests next steps for participants in each risk category – these too are based on clinical practice guidelines.
The main guidelines used in the development of the Know Your Risk tool are:
- Australian Government, Cancer Australia. Advice about familial aspects of breast cancer and epithelial ovarian cancer: A guide for health professionals. Cancer Australia, 2015.
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (9th edition). RACGP, 2016.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Clinical practice guidelines in oncology: Breast cancer risk reduction. NCCN, 2017.
- Australian Government, eviQ, eviQ Cancer Treatments Online - National guidelines for the assessment and management of women with a family history of cancer.
Know Your Risk has been reviewed and approved by practising Australian health professionals, including a medical oncologist and a genetic counsellor.