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Maternal and paternal gma had breast cancer, fathers sister was just diagnosed. strong enough history to warrant u/s or genetic test? i'm 25 and s. asian

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Just caution: These are distant relatives, so the risk for you is not particularly high (unless your mother or sisters had breast Cancer). Yet you should do a once monthly breast self examination for any lumps or any changes in the size and shape of your breasts. You do not need to do any tests unless there is any lump palpable. Starting at age 40 you should get a mammogram once every one or two years. Good luc
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
YES, definitely for: Genetic testing, not only for you but have it recomended for all females (siblings/cousins/aunts/nieces) of your family. BEst check with your PCP as to specifically should get it. Good Luck.
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The first person to test is your father's sister--once a pathologic gene is detected, it is easy to test other family members for that specific gene. She could have a panel for genes predisposing to breast cancer, not just BRCA1 and 2
Jun 28, 2015

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