High-risk factor assessments are conducted in order to determine whether or not a patient would benefit from having genetic testing. Genetic screenings or tests are commonly recommended in order to identify the presence of genetic disorders or health concerns, such as the likelihood of developing certain forms of cancer or diseases. High-risk factor assessments begin with a detailed family history, medical history and lifestyle history. If family members have a history of cancer or other genetic ailments, then the doctor may recommend genetic testing or preventative treatments to help keep the condition from developing, or to treat the condition early. A high-risk factor assessment may also be recommended for patients who have an abnormal test result (such as an abnormal mammogram). Based on your assessment results, your doctor will create a plan of care that best suits your medical and personal needs.