It's it okay for me to take spironolactone if I have a family history of breast cancer? I know it affects hormone levels.

Unknown. Great question! spironolactone increases free estrogen levels in the blood and decreases androgen effects, and in men can cause breast growth. There are no studies that have looked at this question. My best answer is that theoretically, it may increase your risk, as estrogen plays a role in breast cancer development. But if you need spironolactone, you should probably take it.
Not that I know of.. While spironolactone can cause development of breast tissue in males, i am not aware of any special concern in somebody with a family history of breast cancer. Let us see if any one else has a different opinion.

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History/blood test. The first step is to get a family history. If the history suggests a hereditary predisposition for breast cancer, blood testing to evaluate for brca1 and brca2 mutations could be done. Read more...
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BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. Your healthcare provider needs to be aware of your family history to be able to assess risk of certain cancers and to determine if genetic testing is appropriate. Having a brca mutation increases your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Being aware of your cancer risk allows the opportunity to take action to prevent cancer. Read more...

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No different. The treatment for the primary diagnosed cancer is the same as for any other breast cancer. Additional decisions/interventions are based on the presumed increased risk of a second or subsequent breast cancer (i.e. Mastectomy instead of breast conservation and prophylactic contralateral mastectomy). Talk with your doctor to quantify your risk and discuss appropriate options. Read more...
Surgery. . If you get it surgery. www.drlugo.com. Read more...
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