A 31-year-old female asked:
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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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.
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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.
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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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Last updated Jun 29, 2020
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