My mother died from breast cancer and now her sister has it. I'm takin HRT but hear it promotes some cancers. Am I a high risk and is HRT increasing the risk?

I would say yes. Just the fact that your mother had breast cancer puts you at risk. Hrt could potentially increase that risk. Hope this helps.
Maybe. First yes, by family history you have a statistically higher risk of breast cancer with two first degree relatives affected by the condition. Second yes, some hormone replacement medications also can increase your risks of breast cancer. See your doctor who prescribed you the medication to review your risks. Consider genetic testing for brca gene. Be sure to have yearly physical exam & mammograms.

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I am 48 menopaused and suffering from symptoms. Am I at high risk if I take HRT knowing that I have 2 aunts diagnosed with breast cancer (at old age)?

Yes and No. Long term hrt does increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However the risk goes up by a small degree and that too only after prolonged use(5 or more years). Short term hrt is commonly used in those who have severe menopausal symptoms which may be debilitating. Go seek advice from your gynecologist. Read more...
Indeed you. Are at higher risk if you use hrt. You should discuss benefits, risks, alternatives with your gynecologist. Not all breast cancers are stimulated by estrogens, but not all hot flashes are worth the increased risk. Read more...

How strong is the link between HRT and breast cancer? Maternal grandma is bc survivor and was diagnosis after being on HRT for many years.

Strong. There is a direct link. We still use hrt and it is also related to the duration of use. Hope this helps. Here is a link to a synopsis of a study published in the lancet. http://www.millionwomenstudy.org/publications/27/breast-cancer-and-hormone-replacement-therapy-in-the-million-women-study/. Read more...
Strong! The current recommendation is to use hrt for less than 5 years. It has been proven to increase the risk for breast cancer with use beyond 5 years. The reality is the risk for developing breast cancer increases as we get older, even without hrt use. Read more...
Increased risk. Using combined hormone therapy after menopause increases the risk of getting breast cancer. It may also increase the chances of dying from breast cancer. This increase in risk can be seen with as little as 2 years of use. Combined ht also increases the likelihood that the cancer may be found at a more advanced stage. Read more...

My sister had breast cancer in both breast am I a high risk for breast cancer?

Higher than average. Any othet family members, including extended family, with breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate, kidney, pancreatc cancers? Considergenetic testing. Read more...
Yes. Women with close relatives with breast cancer are at increased risk of breast cancer themselves. Read more...
High risk clinic. it is important that your sister get evaluated for the BRCA gene. I highly recommend that you find a high risk breast clinic at your local breast center to get evaluated for your race which may also include genetic testing. Read more...

If my father himself had a male form of breast cancer, his mom and sister both also, do I have a high risk?

50:50. The pattern of breast cancer incidence in your family points towards the hereditary form of breast cancer. In general, we advise doing a braca analysis for one of the members of your family who had breast ca. If your father has the mutation, there is a 50% chance that you inherited this. Read more...
Possibly. A family history of breast cancer is a very high risk factor for developing it, or other cancers, yourself. The fact that there is a male case in a 1st degree relative makes it even more likely that a particular gene(brca) for the disease is in your family. Your family doctor can discuss with you a plan to monitor you, and discuss if you need genetic testing/counseling. Read more...
Yes. A strong family history, especially one that includes a male breast cancer, is a red flag for a possible gene mutation, like brca 1 or 2, that is associated with a very high risk of breast cancer. Your father should have genetic testing. If his test is positive, you have a 50% chance of inheriting it from him. If he is positive and you are negative, then your risk isonly the same as any woman. Read more...

Today my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her mother died from breast cancer. What are the chances of my sisters and I developing cancer?

That depends. You should get tested, all the women in your family... If you want to know more go here:. Read more...
C Genetic Counselor. Only 10-15% of breast cas are hereditary; your family history certainly raises the possibility, although it may still be coincidental. There is a simple blood test to identify the most common mutations (brca test). If your mom is brca (+), there is a 50% chance you could have inherited this as well. This is best sorted out w/a genetic counselor--your mom's cancer doctor can recommend one. Read more...

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.

Need to see your MD. Every breast cancer is not hereditary , not just one aunt only , for suspicion of genetic mutation like braca i & ii . First get a mammogram, if needed sono , after evaluation if needed get a biopsy done, majority of breast lumps are not malignant , do not worry too much , follow the standred of care you will be fine. Read more...
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...
Increased risk. Having a family history of breast cancer does increase your risk. You should have annual breast exams by your doctor, and start mammograms either at age 40 or 5-10 years younger than when your family member developed breast cancer, whichever comes first. Read more...

I'm having acute pain from my radical mastectomy surgery wednesday. Normal? I have high risk breast cancer

Pain after surgery. You r expected to have some pain, often worse 2-3 days following the procedure because of inflammation of the traumatized tissues. If if the pain is too severe, you should contact your surgeon for instruction...Possible increase of pain meds or re-eval for possible infection etc...I wish you well on your course to recovery! good luck.. Read more...
Not normal. Acute pain, post-surgery is not normal. Contact your doctor. "high risk" breast cancer is no reason for acute pain. Read more...
Call your surgeon. It is normal to have some level of pain for the next few weeks after your sugery. I recommend you contact your surgeon and be evaluated. Read more...

How can I know if I'm at high risk of getting breast cancer?

Talk to your doctor. Discuss with your doctor your family history, lifestyle, etc. Also discuss available tests to determine your genetic risk. Read more...
Genetics. If you have a first degree relative(mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer DX before age 50, if there are 2 relatives affected, use of estrogen for more than 8 years, dense breast tissue. Read more...
Risk assessment. There are specialists who will evaluate you risk, recommend screening, and advise you how to reduce such risk. They will also determine if you need genetic testing. Ask your family doc or gyn about this. Read more...
Breast 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, obesity, Read more...