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What is the genetic recurrence of breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
10-15% Hereditary: We believe that only 10-15% of breast cancers are hereditary, with the rest being environmental in origin. People w/the hereditary form of breast cancer tend to get diagnosed earlier in life and may get cancer in both breasts. When treated by lumpectomy or (single) mastectomy, it is not uncommon to develop a second, unrelated breast cancer; therefore, many opt for double mastectomies.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it genetic or can you prevent breast cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Well...: You cannot completely prevent breast cancer but you can reduce the risk of getting it by living a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of dying of it by getting screened. Some people have higher than normal risk and need special interventions. Talk to your doc about this and best to you.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Variable.: Breast cancer may recur either in the breast ("local recurrence") or elsewhere in the body (distant metastasis). The risk of metastasis varies from very low to high, and is correlated with the stage of the cancer; the stage is associated with the size of the cancer and lymph node involvement. Local recurrence following lumpectomy and radiation therapy is less than 5%.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Breast cancer is genetic and not hereditary, is that correct?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Basic biology: It's easy to misunderstand. Genetic disease is usually hereditary -- only a few diseases of genes can't be inherited or passed on; new mutations are genetic but not hereditary. Inherited disease is almost always genetic. A variety of genes may be passed parent-to-child, each defining a "cancer family syndrome" but most cancer is sporadic.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the probablity of a breast cancer recurrence?

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Dr. David Holtz
Gynecologic Oncology 24 years experience
Depends: Depends on stage, grade, and treatment. If you have breast cancer, you should have a conversation with your medical oncologist. If you are worried you could have breast cancer, you should see your primary care doctor or gynecologist. Early detection improves how well you do.

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