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Is cancer hereditary? my maternal grandmother had breast cancer does it mean my mother is going to get it? how likely am i to get it?

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Dr. Brad Douglas
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Not always: Not always - but do keep an eye out for breast cancer at an earlier age.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Heredity: Heredity only accounts for about 15% of breast cancers. The standard risk of breast cancer of women in the us is about 12% in a lifetime. Having one family member with breast cancer does not mean all will get breast cancer. Have a yearly breast examination with your doctor after age 20, yearly mammogram after age 40, and have breast lumps evaluated by your doctor.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Increased risk: Having a family history of breast cancer does increase your risk, especially when they had it before menopause. You should speak to a genetic counselor to define your risk better for you.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

I'm just wondering, if your grandmother and mother get breast cancer, do you get it too?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Not necessarily...: ...But you should talk about it with your family doc or gyn. May need to have your risk assessed by a specialist.

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