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A 28-year-old female asked:

Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 38 years experience
Maybe: The majority of brca1 positive patients that get breast cancer have triple negative breast cancer. Overweight patients may have tougher time breathing but a chest xray or other imaging for stating may be indicated for treatment of triple negative disease. There are many clinical trials available for this disease and they usually include a thorough staging workup.
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Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
General Surgery 22 years experience
Maybe and no: Neither stress nor obesity cause breast cancer of any type. Triple negative does have some hereditary component but many women get it without any family history of breast or other cancers.
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Last updated Feb 27, 2020
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