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A 43-year-old member asked:

if my mom had breast cancer, does that mean i will have breast cancer?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adam Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
No: Your mom's cancer is very important for your risk assessment. But jut because she had it does not mean you do. You need to be checked and taught to perform self breast exams and talk to your obgyn about when to start screening mammograms. Good luck.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
No: But your risk is increased, especially if she had it when she was young, had it in both breasts, or if you have a family history of ovarian, colon, or uterine cancer. You might see a specialist who counsels women at higher risk - typically a breast surgeon, genetic counselor, or medical oncologist.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

If my dad's mom had breast cancer. Am i also at risk of getting breast cancer?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
You likely: Have some risk, but if you developed breast cancer we would ask this question, but it woould be more plausible if your grandmother, her sisters or daughters, or other relatives also had it, and if these were cancers developing before 40 as opposed to in 60's and 70's. Your risk is slightly higher, but not high enough to worry or seek genetic testing.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mom had breast cancer, and I'm scared I'm going to get it?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
You need to have a: comprehensive risk profile performed. If you are a BRCA carrier, or are otherwise at very high risk, you may be a candidate to begin early screening. Speak with your doctor about it.
A 38-year-old member asked:

My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mom had breast cancer, and I'm scared I'm going to get it. What are my chances?

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
Higher risk: you definitely have a higher risk of developing breast cancer the good news is there is many ways of testing and preventing breast cancer now a days first your doctor can order genetic testing that can predict if you have the gene that could lead you to breast cancer and if that is the case there is many ways of prevention so do not let the fear stop you from seeking the truth good luck
Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Try to learn as much as you can from your doctor and from your family. Genetic testing will allow you to look into your medical future, though not all breast cancers are genetically transmitted. Education will allow you to be evaluated early and treated early and help prevent serious illness. I hope you will be healthy.
Oct 5, 2014

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