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Am I at high risk if breast cancer is on my fathers side.?

Am I at high risk if breast cancer is on my fathers side.?

+Risk but not High: The hereditary form of breast cancer may be passed on through your father's or mother's side of the family. Your risk is determined by the number of relatives affected and their age at diagnosis. There is a simple blood test to determine this called the braca analysis. We recommend testing the affected family member(s) first. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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If I am a male and my mother had breast cancer, does that put me at higher risk for other cancers?

If I am a male and my mother had breast cancer, does that put me at higher risk for other cancers?

That is a good: ...question but hard to answer without more data. Most (8-9 out of 10) breast cancers are not related to an inherited trait so just based on statistics, the answer to your question is probably no. That said, there could be a high risk gene passed from your mother to you, especially if she had cancer at an early age or if there are many other family members afflicted. Also, certain families.... ...Read more

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If my dad's mom had breast cancer. Am i also at risk of getting breast cancer?

If my dad's mom had breast cancer. Am i also at risk of getting breast cancer?

Slight increase: If you are female without any other risk factors on average one in seven women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, thus all women are at risk. While many do not think about it men can develop breast cancer as well but muh less frequently. Typically men have a family history or predisposed risk who end up developing breast cancer. First and second degree relatives increase risk. ...Read more

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Am i at a high risk for if breast cancer runs in my family?

Am i at a high risk for if breast cancer runs in my family?

Possibly: Cancer risk factors include: being female, increasing age, genetics, family history of breast cancer, previous breast cancer, being Caucasian, dense breast tissue, some previous benign breast conditions, never having given birth or 1st child after age 30, early menarche, late menopause, radiation (chest), exposure to Diethylstilbestrol, hormone replacement after menopause, oral contraceptives > ...Read more

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My mum has gallbladder cancer is it hereditary? Am i more at risk of getting it in the future, what r the symtoms

My mum has gallbladder cancer is it hereditary? Am i more at risk of getting it in the future, what r the symtoms

Rarely Hereditary: Gb cancer is very rare in the us. It tends to occur with longstanding chronic inflammation of the gb, ie stones, infection, certain drugs. In the us the diagnosis is most often made incidentally when doing gb surgery. Unfortunately, there are no good screening tests--the disease is usually advanced by the time symptoms develop. I hope your mother's case was caught early. ...Read more

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Diabetes is on my mothers side of the family. My brothers were diagnosed in their 60's, I am 63. Am i at risk?

Diabetes is on my mothers side of the family. My brothers were diagnosed in their 60's, I am 63. Am i at risk?

Definitely: Risk increases with age, positive family history and is 70-90% related to obesity. If you're overweight, begin a program of diet, exercise and weight loss. Check w/your doctor and look at diabetes.Org. ...Read more

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My grandmother an one of my aunts died from breast cancer and another aunt and uncle had it but beat it. I was wonder how at risk I am of getting it.

My grandmother an one of my aunts died from breast cancer and another aunt and uncle had it but beat it. I was wonder how at risk I am of getting it.

High risk: The baseline risk fro any woman to develop breast caner is 1 in 8. If one first degree relative has breast caner (mother, daughter, or sister) the risk becomes 1 in 3. With 2 second degree relatives ((aunts, grandmothers, etc) the risk is also 1 in 3. In the case you describe the risk should be about 1 in 3 for you to develop breast cancer. Detection is key to a good outcome - exams, mamms, ect. ...Read more

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How high is my breast cancer risk if two of my aunts and one of my cousins each had it twice?

How high is my breast cancer risk if two of my aunts and one of my cousins each had it twice?

Higher risk: It would depend if your aunts developed breast cancer before menopause. If they did, this would place you at a higher risk than the average population. ...Read more

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My father was having colorectal cancer & he died because of it. Am i also at risk?

My father was having colorectal cancer & he died because of it. Am i also at risk?

Screening/ family hx: You are at increased risk over the general population and should start colonoscopies screening at age 40 ...Read more

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What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently i noticed a lump on my left breast and

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What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently i noticed a lump on my left breast and

Hello, : Hello, it is difficult to answer this question specifically for you without being able to see the images. In general, a radiologist, a physician that looks at medical images, will assess the shape, size, margins and density of a mass to determine the chance that it might be cancer. The radiologist may use mammograms and ultrasound images to gather this information. Radiologists will recommend a biopsy for any abnormality that has a chance of being cancer that is 2% or more. "pointy edges" will raise the chance to greater than 2%. Therefore, i would follow the recommendation for biopsy. The chance that this particular finding is cancer also depends on your age, personal history and family history. From your story i think that the most important factor is the family history. Having breast and ovarian cancer in your family will raise your personal risk. The risk is highest if it was a first-degree relative (sister or mother) that had breast or ovarian cancer. If it was grandmother or distant cousin, the risk for you is not as high. If it was mother or sister or both, this might be a sign that your family has a gene that raises the risk of some kinds of cancer. If so, i would recommend that you all talk to a medical provider that performs genetic counseling. This can help you decide if you want to make a special effort to reduce your risk or start special screening tests to help detect cancer early if it happens. I see that you posted this question 28 days ago. I see that the biopsy likely has already happened and that you have the result. I hope that it was benign. If not, then i hope that you know that we have great treatments for breast cancer and most women are survivors. I will be thinking about you and hoping for the best. ...Read more

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I had skin cancer 3 years ago, my question is can I get cancer again somewhere else? Cancer runs on both sides of my mom and dad's side of family.

I had skin cancer 3 years ago, my question is can I get cancer again somewhere else? Cancer runs on both sides of my mom and dad's side of family.

Risk of cancer: You are at higher than normal risk for cancer at another site. It would be prudent to see your doctor to have a thorough skin examination and may be pictures of suspicious areas so that these may be monitored. You may consult this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/types/skin/hp/skin-treatment-pdq ...Read more

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My left breast is sore, im 22, not pregnant not on period not on borth control, my grandmother died of breast cancer at 60, how do I check for it/what could be wrong?

My left breast is sore, im 22, not pregnant not on period not on borth control, my grandmother died of breast cancer at 60, how do I check for it/what could be wrong?

Not to worry: Breast pain may be a sign of cancer, however, breast pain is far more commonly due to benign processes. Cyclic changes in hormone levels are a common cause of breast pain. If this persists beyond a few cycles, i suggest you see your gyne for a breast exam. Having a 60 yr old g'mother w/breast cancer should not change your risks & at age 20 your chance of cancer is 1in a million. ...Read more

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What is my likelihood of developing cancer at some point in life; my nan had breast cancer and her sister had ovarian cancer?

What is my likelihood of developing cancer at some point in life; my nan had breast cancer and her sister had ovarian cancer?

Difficult : There most likely is a higher risk. But main risk factor is your mother and any sisters with breast or ovarian cancer? The best thing you can do is meet with a genetic counselor, however, may not be needed at your age. In addition, any other cancers in the family? Self breast exam important! hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting breast cancer if no one in my family has it?

What are my chances of getting breast cancer if no one in my family has it?

Can estimate but ...: The gail model which is available on the nci website is a good way to assess "relative" risk but will not tell you if someone is going to get breast cancer. The majority of patients diagnosed don't have a family history. The number one risk factor is being female and having breast tissue. This is the reason for population screening via bse, cbe, & mammography. ...Read more

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Will breast siz increases after marriage. I am having 28 b and age is 22yrs. My sister and mother is also having small breast. Plz suggest.

Usually No: Only when you are pregnant will breast tissue grow larger. I would suggest speaking with your doctor about other options or even considering seeing a plastic surgeon if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How high are my risk of endometrial cancer. I am a breast cancer survivor of 6 yrs. Am on tamoxifen. My sister was diagnosed with endometrial cancer,?

How high are my risk of endometrial cancer. I am a breast cancer survivor of 6 yrs. Am on tamoxifen.  My sister was diagnosed with endometrial cancer,?

Very low: Endometrial cancer is rarely hereditary, so it is highly unlikely that you will have this problem due to the fact that your sister had it. Breast cancer is not associated with it either. Tamoxifen usage has some small increased risk for endometrial but it can be easily monitored with once yearly Ultrasound test of your uterus. Do tell us know if you have any problems ...Read more

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I am 35 years old. My mother's sister died of breast cancer years ago. Am i at risk of getting this disease? My doctorsaid that I have mass in my left breast. Please help.

I am 35 years old. My mother's sister died of breast cancer years ago. Am i at risk of getting this disease? My doctorsaid that I have mass in my left breast. Please help.

Very common problem : I advise you to see a breast surgeon for evaluation of the lump found by your doctor. After examination+/- ultrasound+/-needle biopsy, this dr. Should be able to determine the cause of this lump. Btw-- having an aunt with breast cancer (esp after menopause) does not significantly change your cancer risk. Actually, most breast cancers are environmental, not hereditary. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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