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my mother and grandmother and grandfather died of different types of cancer is it likely that me and my two sisters will get cancer?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
May not be genetic: Could be random , does not appear to be genetic , how ever you can minimize you chances of getting cancer , by healthy diet , not gaining weight , regular exercises , avoid smoking , drinking , drugs , visiting your doctor regularly for check ups
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Probably no...: ...But it would be useful to have more info. What kind of cancers they had? At what age? How big is your family? Any behavioral risk factor like smoking? Talk about this with your doc and in the meantime, keep current on the proper screening tests and avoid high risk lifestyle choices.

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