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Does a family history of uterine fibroids increase my chance of getting them?

Does a family history of uterine fibroids increase my chance of getting them?

Yes: Fibroids are extremely common and there is a genetic predisposition or tendency to develop them. Fibroids are the #1 cause of hysterectomy. In one study, up to 70% white women and up to 80% of africanamerican women were found to have fibroids at some point in their lives. Many women with fibroids never know that they have them. They do not always cause symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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How much does a family history of colon cancer increase my risk of getting it?

How much does a family history of colon cancer increase my risk of getting it?

Varies: The "family history" of colon cancer needs to be further clarified as to what type of family syndrome this is. A genetic counselor can help further define the risks and potential surveillance or treatment strategies. The increased risk may be small or may be very large. Specific genetic testing may be indicated. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the risks of getting breast cancer when I have a family history of it?

How can I reduce the risks of getting breast cancer when I have a family history of it?

Quit smoking: Hello - smoking increases your risk of breast cancer (and many others). Alcohol (more than one drink per day) does as well. Regular excercise helps reduce your risk. Do a monthly self-breast exam after your period to check for new lumps. Discuss testing for a breast cancer gene with your doctor especially if many family members were affected or any of them were very young. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting ovarian cancer at 24? No family history

What are the chances of getting ovarian cancer at 24? No family history

Very unlikely: Ovarian cancer typically occurs in older women, after menopause, with an average age of around 60. It's very rare at your age, although they can also be associated with people with a family history of breast and colon cancers. ...Read more

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Can having a fibroid tumor limit my chances of getting a vaginal delivery?

Can having a fibroid tumor limit my chances of getting a vaginal delivery?

Depends: Fibroids can interfere with labor but it's rare. It depends of the size and location of the fibroid(s). If located in the lower uterine segment and large in size, fibroids have a higher chance of interfering with labor. However, generally speaking, most women with fibroids tend to have no problems with labor or delivery. ...Read more

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If many people in your family had cancer, does that increase your chances of getting it?

If many people in your family had cancer, does that increase your chances of getting it?

Perhaps: Majority of cancers are sporadic ( caused by environmental exposures and some other factors) in nature and not hereditary. However, if there are a lot of people in your family did have cancer- that would raise a suspicion of hereditary cancer syndrome may be present in the family. You should see a genetician/genetic counsellor to evaluate your cancer risk and further testing that you may need. ...Read more

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Why does having an abortion so greatly increase the chance of getting breast cancer?

Why does having an abortion so greatly increase the chance of getting breast cancer?

It doesn't! : This is a myth that has been perpetuated for political reasons. It is not true. World experts have studied this question and they all agree: there is no increased risk of breast cancer in women who have had an induced or spontaneous abortion. To read more, check out this link: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/causes/ere/workshop-report. ...Read more

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Could you tell me the chances of someone of 29 having ovarian cancer with no family history?

Could you tell me the chances of someone of 29 having ovarian cancer with no family history?

Why do you ask?: Never play "guess the odds" if there is any reason to think there is a cancer. I'm going to assume that a mass has been found in the ovary and that it's been recommended that a determination be made as to whether it's ovarian cancer. One-year-old girls can get ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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I have a big family history of breast cancer. Is there anything i can do to lower the chances of getting it?

I have a big family history of breast cancer. Is there anything i can do to lower the chances of getting it?

High risk program: It is important to know which members of your family are affected. This will determine if brca genetic testing is needed. I recommend you find a high risk program at a breast center to get a full evaluation and follow up. Once they have obtained all the info, they can recommend specific risk reducing measures. ...Read more

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With having pcos and a uteran septum am i better of getting the septum removed to increase my chances of conceiving?

With having pcos and a uteran septum am i better of getting the septum removed to increase my chances of conceiving?

Yes: Removing the uterine septum will greatly increase your chances of maintaining a pregnancy. The pcos can be corrected afterwards. ...Read more

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For a teenager what things can increase my chances of getting cancer? My family has no background of it.

For a teenager what things can increase my chances of getting cancer? My family has no background of it.

Many things: Many things. Smoking , unprotected sexual activity with risk of sti such as hpv, poor diet are just a few things that may lead to cancer.There are reasons why we preach no smoking and immunizations. ...Read more

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Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Endo: Having family history of ovarian, colon and uterine cancer specially if these are first degree relatives will put you at risk for cancer not for endometriosis. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and ask about a brca genetic testing to see if you are a carrier of the gene associated with these types of cancer. ...Read more

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Does having an abortion increase the chances of getting cancer?

Does having an abortion increase the chances of getting cancer?

No: The best scientific work has discredited the claim about breast cancer. This is being kept alive by politicians, not scientists. If you are considering ending your pregnancy for convenience, I would ask you to look at all your options, including bring your child to term and offering an adoption in a loving home. Only you can decide based on accurate information. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Sometimes: Usually this is only considered if the patient has a known genetic predisposition, such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (associated with brca1 and brca2). Talk to your doctor to see if your family history meets the criteria for testing for an inherited cancer syndrome. Note that these syndromes only make up a small fraction of the cancer diagnosed here. ...Read more

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What can a woman do to decrease her risk of getting cervical cancer?

One sexual partner: While the chances of dysplasia/cancer are low when you have only have a single sexual partner, your partner may not have only have a single partner, and therefore could infect you with hpv, the most common cause of cervical cancer. Do a pap smear and you will know if you are at risk. Using condoms or other barrier methods during sex will decrease your risk. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more


Family History (Definition)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to ...Read more