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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it true that breast cancer is the only type of cancer that is hereditary?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: Breast cancer, ovarian cancer , familial colon adenomatosis polyposis , hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer , multiple endocrine neoplasia ii, multiple endocrine neoplasia i, von hippel-lindau, ; li-fraumeni syndrome can be genetically linked.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
No: Many cancers have a hereditary element to them. The misconception about breast cancer being the only one might be because it has a clinically meaningful genetic test to identify those at risk for it's hereditary version - the test for the brca gene. I am not aware of any other cancer with a similar test, and even if it did have one, breast cancer would be the more common one between the 2.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is breast cancer hereditary?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Sometimes.: It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors. This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It's important to remember that 85% of breast cancers are NOT related to heredity!
Sep 26, 2011
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there certain types of breast cancer that are not hereditary?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: Most breast cancers (85%) are not hereditary and occur in women with no family history of breast cancer. There is a 1 in 9 chance that a woman with no family history of breast cancer will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what type of breast cancer could this be?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
You haven't included: Information about your symptoms. You can clarify and re-ask question. However, if you do have breast cancer - the only reliable course of action is to dialog with your doctor (s).
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there multiples types of cancer of the breast?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Rimmer
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: There are many different types if breast cancer based on differences in their appearance under the microscope and the cell receptors and genetics are also showing different types.The treatments are very similar though but the prognosis can be different. Your doctor should explain this to you.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there different types of breast cancer?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: The type of breast cancer reflects the cells of origin within the breast and what these cancer cells look like under the microscope. Different types include ductal, lobular, medullary, tubular, and mucinous. These types do behave differently, so this information is important; however, the stage of the cancer better predicts prognosis.

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