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A 49-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me if my grandmother had breast cancer and my mom doesn't will i get it?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It is uncertain: Breast cancer is a fairly common illness with one in 12 women facing this problem during their life time. If your mother or sisters do not have it, your risk is just like any other women. You should seek an annual check up and a mammogram once yearly or at least every two yearly and also do self breast examination once monthly looking for any lump or any changes in your breasts

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mom had breast cancer, and I'm scared I'm going to get it?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
You need to have a: comprehensive risk profile performed. If you are a BRCA carrier, or are otherwise at very high risk, you may be a candidate to begin early screening. Speak with your doctor about it.
A 36-year-old member asked:

If my grandmother passed from breast cancer, will they check me too for breast cancer?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: If your grandma had breast cancer late in life and there is no other family history, you probably have the same risk for cancer as anyone else but i would need a full personal and family history to determine if your risk is higher than normal and if you need additional screening or genetic testing. See your gyn about this, maybe you need to visit a specialist in risk assessment.
A 33-year-old member asked:

My mom has breast cancer, What can you tell me about this disease?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
See: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/morewaysacshelpsyoustaywell/breastcancer - It has great info from the American Cancer Society. Take care.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Am I more likely to get breast cancer if my mom has it?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: 10-15% of all breast cancers in the US are of the hereditary type. If your mother had the hereditary type, there is a 50% chance you may have inherited the same gene mutation. However, even if you inherit this mutation, the chance of you getting breast cancer is not 100%, but rather 60-70%. There is a simple blood test that your mother can take to determine this, called the BRCA test.
A 38-year-old member asked:

My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mom had breast cancer, and I'm scared I'm going to get it. What are my chances?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
Higher risk: you definitely have a higher risk of developing breast cancer the good news is there is many ways of testing and preventing breast cancer now a days first your doctor can order genetic testing that can predict if you have the gene that could lead you to breast cancer and if that is the case there is many ways of prevention so do not let the fear stop you from seeking the truth good luck
Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Try to learn as much as you can from your doctor and from your family. Genetic testing will allow you to look into your medical future, though not all breast cancers are genetically transmitted. Education will allow you to be evaluated early and treated early and help prevent serious illness. I hope you will be healthy.
Oct 5, 2014

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