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Is Myelofibrosis Hereditary
Not necessarily: This is a very rare form of lymphoma and it is not necessarily hereditary. If you had a family member with lymphoma, the best thing to do is to look at your family history and see if there are any other cancers in your first degree relatives. If not, then this lymphoma was likely sporadic. If there are others with a family history, you can go for genetic counseling. ...Read more
Somewhat hereditary?: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. The inflammation from the immune system reaction leads to symptoms. It is believed to be partly genetic or familial (some people may be genetically more likely to get sle) and partly environmental (something happens in a person's life that sets off the auto-immune reaction). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: A new mutation in a gene called bap1 was discovered in august 2011 which predisposes people to develop mesothelioma (and melanoma of the eye.) people with a strong family history of mesothelioma might carry this gene in their family. To learn more: http://www.Cancer.Gov/newscenter/pressreleases/2011/mesotheliomabap1. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough question: If you mean hereditary, there are a few families that have a high incidence of lymphomas. If you mean, are there changes in the dna in lymphoma - the answer is yes...Several types of lymphoma have distinct mutations that can be easily found in a biopsy specimen. Also, individual patient's tumor genes can be analyzed by a technique called micro-array which shows common patterns in survival. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes.: Most patients with polycythemia vera develop the condition in adulthood, most commonly from an acquired mutation in the jak2 gene, and are not born with it. However, there are families who pass on the tendency to have a high red blood cell count through a variety of genetic mutations. It is usually well known in the family when that is the case. ...Read more
Leukoderma: Leukoderma is the name given to white patches on the skin. These patches are due to the partial or total loss of skin pigmentation. There are many causes of leukoderma. Vitiligo is a specific type of leukoderma and is often, although incorrectly, used interchangeably with the term leukoderma (sometimes spelled leucoderma). Genetics is only one cause as there are also other causes. ...Read more
No: Primary idiopathic myelofibrosis is under umbreall of myeloproliferative neiplasm-where for some unknown reasons, there is uncontrolled increased production of reticulin fibres inside the bone marrow space. While it is not a form of leukemia, however it can transform into acute leukemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be: Many factors can increase one's risk for primary liver cancer including: chronic infection with hepatitis b or c virus, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to certain toxins, and inherited liver diseases that can lead to cirrhosis such as hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, tyrosinemia, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen, and porphyria. ...Read more
Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many many types of dementia. Some of them are genetically passed on while others aren't. The most common type of dementia is alzheimers disease and there are 2 forms. The early onset form is highly heritable. Alcoholic dementia is not inherited though a propensity for alcohol dependence can be. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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