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I know you aren't doctors, but i have a slight concern.
I was born with a hole in my heart and had an operation to fix it when i was about 3 weeks old. Every 3 or 4 years i have a check up (i'm 14 now).
I was just wondering if i have a higher chance of getting cancer when i'm older. My gran also had cancer and died last year because of it. I haven't asked a doctor yet, because i only thought about this this morning,
any kind of help would be greatly apperciated or just notes about this

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Your risk of cancer is not related to your congenital heart defect.

HOWEVER, risks of cancer tend to be very strongly correlated to family history of cancer. That means if a direct blood relative had cancer, you stand a greater chance of getting it too. What kind of cancer did your grandmother have?

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