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i am 35 years old. my mother's sister died of breast cancer years ago. am i at risk of getting this disease? my doctorsaid that i have mass in my left breast. please help.

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Need to see your MD: Every breast cancer is not hereditary , not just one aunt only , for suspicion of genetic mutation like braca i & ii . First get a mammogram, if needed sono , after evaluation if needed get a biopsy done, majority of breast lumps are not malignant , do not worry too much , follow the standred of care you will be fine.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Very common problem : I advise you to see a breast surgeon for evaluation of the lump found by your doctor. After examination+/- ultrasound+/-needle biopsy, this dr. Should be able to determine the cause of this lump. Btw-- having an aunt with breast cancer (esp after menopause) does not significantly change your cancer risk. Actually, most breast cancers are environmental, not hereditary.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Increased risk: Having a family history of breast cancer does increase your risk. You should have annual breast exams by your doctor, and start mammograms either at age 40 or 5-10 years younger than when your family member developed breast cancer, whichever comes first.

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