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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?

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Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 37 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.
Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
General Surgery 21 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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A 45-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my girlfriend has breast cancer, is it triple negative?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
What's ur question?: We here could not possibly know if it's triple negative. Now, if you want to know what to do for someone with 3x neg cancer, my advise is that she get a good multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists. She also needs to see a specialist in genetics because triple neg breast patients younger than 60 should be tested for BRCA and the results may affect the choice of surgery. Best 2 both.

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