A 24-year-old female asked:
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female in the late 20's. my mother died of stomach cancer in her 30's. her brother is fine & parents lived till old. should i get gene-tested?

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Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
I am not sure: If stomach cancer is hereditary. All cancers involve genes but not all cancers involve defective genes that are passed down. You may be a candidate for endoscopy to look inside the stomach. What would u do differently if it came back positive anyway, get stomach removed? Check if stomach cancer is hereditary, don't let yourself suffer from reflux and avoid risk factors; u may get better answer.
Answered on May 16, 2014
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Dr. Manoj Reddy
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Colon?: When your mother had stomach cancer, do you mean colon cancer? Colon cancer does have a generic link and requires further testing. Lynch syndrome, hnpcc. Not aware of a genetic link to "stomach cancer". Worth discussion with your primary care.
Answered on Feb 10, 2017
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