12 doctors weighed in:
Is breast cancer hereditary?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes.
It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors.
This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family.

In brief: Sometimes.
It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors.
This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Devon Webster
It's important to remember that 85% of breast cancers are NOT related to heredity!
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Can be
It can be, although the vast majority of women with breast cancer do not have a family history.

In brief: Can be
It can be, although the vast majority of women with breast cancer do not have a family history.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Majority not
Majority of breast cancer is sporadic disease.
Only in about 15% could be hereditary in nature. Some other risk factors will include- dietary habits, red meat, alcohol, tobacco, sedentary , obesity, hormones use, previous radiation therapy to the chest wall etc.

In brief: Majority not
Majority of breast cancer is sporadic disease.
Only in about 15% could be hereditary in nature. Some other risk factors will include- dietary habits, red meat, alcohol, tobacco, sedentary , obesity, hormones use, previous radiation therapy to the chest wall etc.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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