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Rochester, MN
A 21-year-old female asked:

can i be in danger of having breast cancer am 21 my aunt had breast cancer and my uncle died of cancer also my grandfather died of cancer ?

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Dr. Farrokh Sadr
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
you can not mix canc: Your aunt had b/ca but your g/f and uncle ca does not increase your chances for b/ca what kind of cancer they had? Your aunt ca may increase your risk check with your fdoc for screaning.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: Any woman is at risk for breast cancer. The average woman has about a 12% risk of getting breast cancer in her lifetime. You may be at increased risk if your first degree relatives have had breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or prostate cancer, particularly at a young age. See your doctor, who can better assess your individual level of risk.

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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