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My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer (age 60). Does that increase my sister's risk of getting breast cancer?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably

Having a family history of breast cancer does increase your risk.

In brief: Probably

Having a family history of breast cancer does increase your risk.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Herbert Hoover
Your sister's risk is increased but not as much as if you mother had had breast cancer at an age less than 50.
Dr. John Rimmer
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

About 80% of women who get breast cancer don't have anyone in their family with breast cancer but if you have a first degree relative with breast cancer ie mother sister or even father or brother then that increases your risk of breast cancer.

In brief: Yes

About 80% of women who get breast cancer don't have anyone in their family with breast cancer but if you have a first degree relative with breast cancer ie mother sister or even father or brother then that increases your risk of breast cancer.
Dr. John Rimmer
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Dr. Tara Solomon
Your breast cancer risk in general rises with age. By the time a woman is 80 years old, she will have a 1/8 chance of getting the disease.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Your sister

Has at least one first degree relative (your mom).
Are there others in the family, aunts and yes uncles? One case does not establish a pattern of risk. Genetic testing is available, at a price, nd not always covered by insurance.

In brief: Your sister

Has at least one first degree relative (your mom).
Are there others in the family, aunts and yes uncles? One case does not establish a pattern of risk. Genetic testing is available, at a price, nd not always covered by insurance.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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