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Williamson, GA
A 23-year-old female asked:

Does my mom's brothers and their father's brothers and sisters and their children all dying from different cancers increase my risk?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 66 years experience
Yes: When family members come down with different types of malignancies there might be a hereditary factor ie the BRACA gene for breast or a mutated APC gene for colon cancer that might be involved. Otherwise there is the question of whether there is a carcinogen present that family members may be exposed to. When MMTV virus causes breast Ca, husbands have a high incidence of prostate Ca from MMTV.
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