Breast cancer hereditary

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Avatar f tn People with a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer may carry the mutated BRCA gene. Men and women who are concerned about their risk of breast cancer may want to visit a genetic counselor to discuss their family health history, as well as other factors, to determine if a genetic test would be helpful. I wish you a healthy life..but it's always good to be informed on this matter. Best wishes...
Avatar f tn Family history of Cancer is considered to be one of many risk factors... especially, if the relatives are your parents and siblings. I also have extensive family history of Cancer on both my mother's and my father's side... including Breast and Ovarian Cancer. So, that knowledge makes me all the more vigilant of my body and any changes that I may notice. Plus, I make sure to have my annual mammograms on a timely basis. But, does having family history of Cancer alone mean that I'll get Cancer?
Avatar f tn Hi, My Grandmother died at the age of 43 of Breast Cancer and my mother passed away at the age of 46 of Internal Malignant Melanoma. It started in my mothers gums. My question are the two cancers hereditary on there own. I was told that combined i would need screening. Is this true? and for which would i need screening for?
886824 tn?1253740254 About 5%-10% of all breast cancers are familial. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is the most common hereditary cancer syndrome associated with breast cancer. The two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome are BRCA1 and BRCA2.
457745 tn?1212929110 My Uncle (maternal) died of Colon Cancer in his mid-70's recently and my Aunt (maternal) is in remission for Breast Cancer. So 3 out of 4 siblings with different cancers.Both of my mother's parents died of heart disease (my grandmother was only 48 and my grandfather was 75). So there are lots of bad things on my mother's side of the family. My father's mother lived until she was 92 and died of natural causes.
Avatar n tn I agree with Marie completely --- in order for your insurance company to pay for the genetic BRCA screenings they want to see at least two first or second degree (mother father sister brother grandparent etc) relative with cancer --- consider yourself lucky you are not in that situation.
Avatar n tn the size of the tumor, the hormonal status (ER and PR positive or negative), the presence of Her2 or not, the number of lymph nodes involved (if any), and the type of cancer (adenocarcinoma, medullary carcinoma, Inflammatory breast cancer, etc.) If you know these factors it would help in understanding the severity of her disease. The Nottingham Grade tells the characteristics of the cancer cells.
Avatar n tn Mother, father, and sister had breast cancer. I just received a call to have my left breast xrayed again because they found asymmetrical density on the left side that wasn't there last year. I'm really worried. Dr. can't see for two days.
Avatar f tn these are associated with ovarian cancer and breast cancer. If you are tested and are positive for one of these, then it makes sense for other female relative in your family including your daughter to consider being tested. If you are positive and your daughter is negative, then your daughter did not inherit your predisposition to developing ovarian cancer.
Avatar f tn Hi, The Gail Model, although a perfectly fine risk tool for the general population misses hereditary cancer risk that is passed down from the father's side of the family. If you are interested in general information on hereditary cancer you can view information on the website of the organization FORCE which addresses hereditary cancer risk. The brochure on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer addresses some of the "red flags" for a hereditary syndrome.
173119 tn?1297003336 However, my father died of colon cancer at 59 yrs and my gastro says I am at high risk of my Crohn's turning to cancer because of Dad's colon cancer. Coupled with my recent breast cancer (which is again highly prevalent in the Ashkenazi Jewish population), my gastro is very much aware of my hereditary tendencies and does all he can to mitigate any problems.
Avatar n tn my younger sister of the age of 33 was just diagnosed with this type of cancer, her right breast was removed now how do they treat this kind of cancer and what is her prognosis. could this be due to her not having a regular menses every month she was the type that only had it once a year and was told by 2 diff.drs that it was normal?
Avatar n tn Hi Bio_as, If I understand your question, I think you are asking how cancer ends up in the left breast, right breast or both. I can only give you my opinion, but as a breast cancer survivor I had cancer in both breasts and I believe what cancer ended up in what breast was fate. I know I have a hereditary component (I'm positive for BRCA2), but as to where it occurs, I think it's fate or chance.
Avatar f tn Breast cancer and some types of thyroid cancer are associated with a hereditary cancer syndrome called Cowden syndrome. Almost everyone with Cowden syndrome develops hamartomas. Hamartomas are growths that are most commonly found on the skin and mucous membranes (such as the lining of the mouth and nose), but can also occur in the intestinal tract and other parts of the body. Abnormal growths on the skin and mucous membranes typically appear by a person's late twenties.
Avatar n tn Randomized clinical trials have not yet shown that such treatment substantially reduces the likelihood of recurrence or, in the case of tamoxifen, diminish the likelihood of breast cancer in the other breast.
1397822 tn?1294283134 BRCA1 and BRCA2 which are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer there is also a risk of prostate cancer, male breast cancer, and pancreatic cancer with BRCA 2 mutations here is a link: http://www.cancer.
Avatar n tn A couple of years later, Cancer appeared in her left breast... and that breast was never bruised or injured. I'm inclined to believe the medical professionals on this...external injuries, such as bruising, and the development of Cancer are unrelated. As for heredity... family history of Cancer is considered to be one of many risk factors; but, it's not the only one. And, many women do get Breast Cancer who have no known family history of the disease.
656157 tn?1224641403 The chances of breast cancer are only slightly increased but it does kill off the thyroid cancer (which is good!). Do you know if it is a genetic breast cancer (BRCA 1 or 2?) - that would be triggered by the genetic mutation and estrogen, not so much from radiation. Feel free to PM me about any of this. You may also want to start your own thread so more people can answer.
Avatar n tn In the past my two older sisters passed away of cancer. Oldest sister at 46 of Breast Cancer, she survived 11 months after diagnosis and passed away in Dec 1998. The next sister at 44 of Ovarian Cancer, she survived 18 months after diagnosis and passed away in Jan 2002. Although my sisters are all from the same parents, having two different cancers they both handled their situation differently.
Avatar f tn Dear bridget: Most hereditary breast cancer occurs in the premenopausal years and occurs in multiple family members. However, since you are concerned, you may benefit from a visit with a genetic counselor who can assess your risk and help you determine if genetic counseling would be right for you.
Avatar n tn Hi, On an average about 5-10% cancers are hereditary. The most common hereditary cancers are breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate and colorectal cancer. As your doctor rightly told you brain cancer is not a hereditary cancer. To know the exact risk that you and your sister face, you will have to undergo genetic testing. Genetic counselors discuss family history in great detail and then calculate the risk.
Avatar n tn As you know, BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 are two genes associated with an increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The genes are inherited in an autosomal dominant way. They can be passed equally to men and women. Someone with a gene mutation in BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 has a 50% chance of passing it on to each child that they have, and a 50% chance of not passing it on. If your father is tested and he tests negative, then testing would not be indicated for you and your siblings.
Avatar f tn Most breast cancers are not hereditary. However, there are two breast cancer gene mutations, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that can be inherited and increase your chances of getting breast and/or ovarian cancer. Notice that this only increases your chances, and does not guarantee that you will get breast cancer. The person to be tested is your mother. If your mother does not have the mutation, you do not have the mutation.
Avatar n tn My mother is a breast cancer survivor (3 years). She went to her surgeon the other day to discuss reconstruction. He told her before he did anything he wants to do genetic testing to see if her cancer is genetic. He said if it comes back positive then he will involve her family. Have any of you or anyone you know had the genetic testing? What does it entail?
Avatar f tn My mother has had a double mastectomy and found stage 3 breast cancer. She has had all clean tests since the mastectomy and she is doing okay that way. She refused chemo and radiation as well as Hormone pills etc. No treatment other than mastectomy. She has been having increasing problems with her asthma and breathing and I'm concerned, the doctor says that it's just because she is a smoker and her asthma is just going to get worse. I am aware that she should quit but I can't make her quit.
Avatar n tn Dear Tea: Hereditary breast cancer is believed to represent only 4-6% of all breast cancer. Nonetheless, when a family member is diagnosed, one cannot help but wonder if daughters, sisters, etc are at higher risk. The easy answer is that a first-degree relative does increase risk. The issue is much more complex, however. For example, the younger the person is when she is diagnosed, the more possible it is that the cancer could be hereditary.
Avatar f tn Lumps can be present for a variety of reasons such as Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast, which is a benign, hereditary condition that can be felt as lumpiness throughout the breast.
Avatar f tn I have a family member who has been diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). He has been through years of testing to rule out many other neurological conditions (PLS, ALS, MS). He has been having chronic pain in his groin area for over 3 years now. The pain comes every other day like clockwork. He has seen 3 different urologists and none have been able to offer any assistants. The pain is now so sever he can not eat, sleep, or function.
526906 tn?1261875396 Each year, approximately 150,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer, and one in nine American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But hereditary breast cancer is mainly caused by a mutant gene passed from parents to their children. It is quite rare. Estimates of the incidence of hereditary breast cancer range from between 5 to 10 percent to as many as 27 percent of all breast cancers.
Avatar n tn Any woman with a personal history of breast cancer is at somewhat higher risk for a second primary breast cancer. The risk of a cancer on the other side is usually estimated to be in the range of about 1% per year. The risk may be higher if you have a hereditary form of breast cancer. If you have felt a new "lump," it should be brought to the attention of your doctor so that it can be evaluated.