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A 36-year-old male asked:

Is it true that hereditary breast cancer is more likely to come back than non hereditary?

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Dr. Michael Stern
General Surgery 10 years experience
Breast cancer: Unfortunately yes. Many cancers arise from single cells that become cancerous through a series of unfortunate mutations. Hereditary breast cancers arise from cells that all started with a slight change which predisposed all of those cells to cancer. So there's a higher chance of second primary cancer. As far as recurrence itself, that depends on a lot of factors involved in the type and staging.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Very high: The risk of developing breast cancer when a brca gene is present is between 80-90%. The risk of developing a 2nd breast cancer is 60-70%. This is the reason why many women choose prophylactic surgery to remove the breasts in order to decrease this risk.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Will breast cancer come back after it has been treated?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Variable.: Recurrence may occur. Here is a good article that covers the basics: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors.

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