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What is hereditary breast cancer risk?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Certain genetic: Risks, brca 1 & 2, are known, other are not, but familial clusters (mother, aunt sister) point to risk but the actual cause and function of the genetics are mysterious. We humans have a hard time with "risk". Some with no risk delvelop a cancer; others with high risk do not. The statistical facts work epidemiologicallyfor populations, but are not informative for an individual. They do cause worr.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

How can you reduce breast cancer risk?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Healthy Lifestyle: The best things you can do include avoiding estrogen-progesterone pills, smoking, and radiation exposure. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoidance of alcohol will further reduce the risk. A summary of a recent epidemiological study can be found below: http://www.Medpagetoday.Com/meetingcoverage/sabcs/30072.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is some info on hereditary breast cancer?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Exception not rule: Most breast cancer diagnoses are not "hereditary". The currently identified mutations (brca 1/2) account for only ~ 10-15% of newly diagnosed breast cancer. The primary risk factors for developing breast cancer are being female and having breast tissue. This is the basis for general population screening including regular self exams, regular clinical exams, and screening imaging (mammography).
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for hereditary breast cancer?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
BRCA: To determine if you have a hereditary breast cancer, a complete history needs to be obtained. Based on this history and a mapping of your family's cancer history, a brca test may be performed. It is important to determine who in the family should be tested. It is now a saliva test that can be done in a physician office. Genetic counseling is also offered.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
try this website: http://www.brightpink.org/programs/support-community/talk-to-a-genetic-counselor/questionnaire/ Browse this site. It's informative and easy to ready.
May 27, 2012
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of hereditary breast cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Same as regular: Breast cancer. Only about 3% of the breast cancers are due to inherited defects and these cancers have the same symptoms as regular/sporadic cancer, i.e., mass/lump in the breast.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is breast cancer hereditary?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 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 22 years experience
It's important to remember that 85% of breast cancers are NOT related to heredity!
Sep 26, 2011

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