A 46-year-old female asked:
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my mom died of brain tumor that was cancer, is it herietary and i also had melanoma skin cancer 3 years ago, does my chances increase because of it?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
15 years experience Internal Medicine
In general: Most primary brain tumors aren't hereditary. Do you know what type of brain tumor your mother had? Nonetheless my condolences about your mother.
Answered on Aug 21, 2015
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Dr. Michael Thompson
20 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Unclear: It is unclear how this is known to be hereditary. The place to start is meeting with a genetic counselor to understand the family history and any (?) testing (not always needed) that may be done.
Answered on Oct 6, 2016

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