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A 40-year-old female asked:

Is it true if you had a maternal aunt with breast cancer you are more likely to get it?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Which aunt does not matter; any close relative having had breast cancer suggests a genetic predisposition. Especially if it came on early, consider being checked for brca1/brca2.
Dr. Tarik Hadid
Hematology and Oncology 18 years experience
True!: Yes. Family history of breast cancer in second degree relatives increases the risk of breast cancer but only modestly. Family history in a first degree relative is a much stronger risk factor. In addition, if the family member is diagnosed younger age, the risk is higher than if he/she was diagnosed at older age.

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Are people with big breasts more likely to get breast cancer?

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Dr. Peter Dahlberg
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Surprisingly not: It's a little tricky to sort this out as breast size correlates somewhat with obesity. The impact of size alone is not dramatic.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What quantity of more likely am i to get breast cancer?

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Breast cancer risk: I presume you are inquiring about the chances of getting breast cancer. The overall risk is1 in 8 women will get breast cancer. There are other factors to consider. Please see your pcp or ob/gyn to discuss these.

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Last updated Sep 12, 2020

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