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A 46-year-old female asked:

My mums had 2 separate breast cancers 1 a lumpectomy the other was a full mastectomy my cousin also died of breast cancer shud i get checked out?

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Dr. David Cornell
Podiatry 40 years experience
Absolutely!: People with a family history of breast cancer are at more risk for having breast cancer themselves. This type of cancer can manifest rapidly and can metastasize very fast. Your doctor will want a baseline exam for you before you have any problems so that when you do, he can compare to the baseline. Don't wait. Go now!
Dr. Brian Clear
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Yes: Guidelines for screening mammograms in standard risk women (without a strong family history of breast cancer) recommend that mammograms begin between age 40 and 50 depending on the woman's preference. Screening starts earlier in higher risk situation such as with a family history. In this situation, I would not recommend waiting until age 50. Family Medicine, Women's Health, or OB/GYN can help

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