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my mother grandmother and grandfather all died of different types of cancer are me and my two sisters likely to get cancer?

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Cancer genetics: It depends on what type of cancer they got. Some of them have higher genetic transmission then others like breast, ovarian and colorectal. It also depends on what age they were diagnosed. Early in life carries a higher risk versus later in life which could be a sporadic type of cancer. You can see a genetic counsellor once you have all those details for proper risk stratification. Thanks.
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

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A 32-year-old female asked about a member:

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

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
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

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