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How do I know about my family breast cancer history?

Commented on June 15, 2013
Created May 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

How do I know about my family breast cancer history? If my mother and aunts do not have would I definitely not have it??

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on June 15, 2013
at 01:28 AM

The fact that other people in your family don't have it makes it less likely that you'll get it. In particular it means you probably don't have the BRCA gene that confers an incredibly high risk of breast cancer. However, that doesn't mean you _definitely_ won't get it. You could have unusual environmental risk factors, a bad combination of genes, or you could just get unlucky.

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on May 24, 2013
at 11:49 AM

Thank you for responding... I also heard of many screening tests that may help me detect my faulty genes or my risk to the cancer. Suggest me some tests and if possible the one with a very accurate result.

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on May 15, 2013
at 10:02 PM

Are you a man or woman?

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on May 15, 2013
at 03:57 PM

Genetics plays only a small part of cancer. And no, just because your mom and aunt don't have breast cancer doesn't mean you won't get it.

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on May 15, 2013
at 11:59 AM

ask them? Not all breast cancer is genetics, you still could have. This is a good conversation to have with your doctor.

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on May 16, 2013
at 12:00 AM

No doubt this is in response to the Angeline Jolie's double mastectomy. I could see it coming that it'd only a matter of time before doctors will be barraged with a flurry of questions from fearful women wanting to know if they carry the faulty genes and if they need to get their boobs chopped out. Awareness is great but I think it's important to be informed and to talk with your family about their medical history and to go in with a level head. This is only one part of the bigger picture here.

Here's a good article explaining the flip side of the science.

I like this perspective though to balance out the media's biased position.

Cc353baefde23eebb987430f1007d8ed

on May 24, 2013
at 11:49 AM

Thank you for responding... I also heard of many screening tests that may help me detect my faulty genes or my risk to the cancer. Suggest me some tests and if possible the one with a very accurate result.

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