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Stephanie101
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I'm not exactly where to post this..so u can move it if u want lol I just dont care who replies [Big Grin]


I was going to ask if breast cancer is hereditary? because my gramma on my dads side had it but its gone now, does this mean I should get checked for it

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I'm not at all an expert, so you should check with a doctor, but I do believe that breast cancer runs in families. But that does not mean that you will automatically get it just because your mother or grandmother had it.

In any case, it is recommended that women of a certain age get mammograms every year precisely to check if everything is OK. However, you don't need to worry about breast cancer until you're in your thirties or forties. It really doesn't happen in young women.

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Hulder Folke
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It doesn't happen frequently in young women, but as my young male friend who has prostate cancer can tell you, there are always exceptions.
Iamfree gives good advice, and I don't believe she meant to mitigate her first statement with her second.
Yearly exams, and if possible frequent self checks, are a good policy. Your gynecologist will probably do so during your yearly exams.

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Stephanie_1
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About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, resulting directly from gene changes (called mutations) inherited from a parent. Certain of these can cause an increased risk for developing cancer and are responsible for the cancers that run in some families. For example, the BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) are tumor suppressor genes and mutations in these genes can be inherited from one's parents. When mutated, they no longer function to suppress abnormal growth, and cancer is more likely to develop.

Genetic testing can identify some women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 tumor suppressor genes (or less commonly in other genes such as PTEN or p53). These women can then take steps to reduce their risk of developing breast cancers and to monitor changes in their breasts carefully to find cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. If you speak with your doctors they would be better able to inform you of your options as far as testing and prevantative care goes.

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thank you [Big Grin]

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