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A 53-year-old female asked:

I am one of five childern, three have had different types of cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 21 years experience
High: U need work with genetic councellor for hnpcc or lynch.
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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 17 years experience
Depends...: I sorry to hear your siblings have cancer. Cancer clearly has a genetic component that is often heritable, but it is not straightforward. It really depends on the type, and timing, of the cancers. If you are concerned, see your physician who can refer you to a specialist in cancer, or if there is a suspicion you might have a familial cancer syndrome, a genetic counselor.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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