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A 20-year-old female asked:

my great grandparents both had breast cancer, their daughter died from it and their son died from pancreatic cancer. does this increase my risk of can?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Genetic counseling: It is possible your risk could be increased. I recommend you find a cancer center in your area and find a high risk program. They can get you hooked up with a gentic counselor who can do a detailed evaluation of you and your family and determine what additional genetic tests are needed and your true risk for cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unfortunately, yes: History of cancer in one's family is one of the risk factors for the disease. Please see this site for additional information. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/genetics/risk-assessment-and-counseling/healthprofessional/page1.
Dr. Debashish Bose
General Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: You have a strong family history and may carry a mutation that will increase your personal risk of cancer and any children you have or may have in the future. Go to a reputable cancer center that has a genetic counselor and they can help sort it out and make screening recommendations. Pancreatic and breast cancers can be found in families with brca 1 and 2 mutations, among other cancer syndromes.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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