My mother in-law is a breast cancer survivor, and I just found out that my aunt on my father's side now has breast cancer and I really hope she survives. However, I'm also concerned about my daughter getting it when she grows up. Is she at high risk?
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Breast cancer is genetic, but not only genetic. Keep your eyes open for it, regular checks and mammograms...early detection is the key to cure. Avoid all cancer increasers if you're serious...smoking, birth control pill or other hormone controlling birth control (stick with barrier forms) foods that raise risks...change doesn't guarantee you'll never get it, but it does lower risk factors.
There are many many reasons. The number one is being overweight. Another weird one I didn't expect was artificial light! Wikipedia is AMAZING, It's got all you need to know on this one...
80% of people who get breast cacner it is NOT genetic, only 20% of people who get it is genetic.
Breast cancer is rarely hereditary between 5-10% are and the gene mutation can be from either the mother or the father. With no first degree relative with breast cancer your daughter is not at an increased risk. Also, smoking and birth control pills are not risk factors for breast cancer.
Only 5-10% of all breast cancer cases are hereditary. Breast cancer diagnosed after the age of 50 (as 80%) of breast cancers are) is even less likely to be hereditary. Where it's hereditary it's due to a rare inherited faulty gene that can only be passed from parent to child. If a parent carries the genes, each of their children has a 50% chance of inheriting that gene. A sign that breast cancer MAY be hereditary is when several members of the same side of a family have had it, especially if some developed it at a younger than usual age. In those circumstances, genetic testing might be considered appropriate. Two unrelated second degree relatives with breast cancer does not increase your daughter's risk of breast cancer. You have been given a lot of misinformation here. There are no foods known to contribute to breast cancer; smoking is not a breast cancer risk factor; birth control pills were once thought to be a risk factor, but thinking has changed; overweight is NOT the main cause or even the main risk factor for breast cancer - being overweight, especially after the menopause, increases the risk of breast cancer. You will not find 'artificial light' listed as a breast cancer risk factor by any reputable breast cancer charity or information site - where that nonsense came from I have no idea.
breast cancer does run in the family.actually i know of a lot of families that had passed from grandmother,mother and to daughter as well.this is a fact.and no,there is no food or habit that can actually help a person to be cancer-free because its in your genes,you cant ignore it.but breast cancer is not common at young age,even if its hereditary you get it normally after the age of 40.and i wouldnt advice you to keep checking on your daughter monthly or even yearly with mammograms.maybe self-check or just a physical examination would be enough.there is no reason to give her radiation for whats not there.
Genetics only play a very small role in breast cancer. Simply put, it just means a person would be at higher risk of there was a family history of breast cancer, i.e. mother, aunt, sister, etc. Believe it or not, the history from the FATHER'S side can count as well. It's always best to try to live a healthy life style. Eat well, try to avoid known cancer-causers. Once per month self-examinations of the braasts are very important, & the reporting of any suspicious lump is paramount. Your Dr. is the professional. Let him decide if the lump is anything to worry about or not. Most breast cancers are self discovered; meaning the person has detected a lump or abnormalty upon the self examination. The earlier it's caught, the better chances of a cure.
Man passes along characteristics such as colour of eyes, height, skin tone, etc; it would be also logical to expect others things to be passed along as well. The problem is NOT the genes; the problem is with our life choices, in regard to eating habits, life style, etc. Did you know that pork fat is associated to at least 75% of all cancers? It is also well known, the fact that contaminants - any type - remain in the fat tissue around the kidneys; in other words, a doctor performing an autopsy, would be able to smell - off the kidney's fat - the paint solvent that the person now dead - and now on his autopsy table - collected for a long time before he died. Yet, we all cherish that rich, suculent sausage and eggs in the morning, right? Multiply this for 32 years and then, voila...there is the cancer. Blame the genes for that. This may be a bit too blunt, but it is what we do. All of us.
there is a test that they can run to see if it is genetic. some breast cancers are generic but not all. when i was first diagnosed with breast cancer they ran the test to see if my type of cancer is genetic and it is. it comes from my fathers side of the family and there is no know cases of breast cancer in my fathers side of the family. as they say awareness is your best defense. if you notice any changes what so ever, go get checked out. in the long run its better to be safe than sorry later on down the road. im living proff of this. i noticed changes in the size and then color of my breast, i never felt a lump. my tumor was on my chest wall, plus i have dense breast tissue. just thought no way it could happen to me and i put it off going to get checked out. i just waited too long. but thanks to God im still here and i intend on being here for as long as God sees fit. try not to worry so much, but do self exams and visit your dr. for your annual check ups. god bless
In my family genetics played a huge part. However, the Oncologists we had all agreed that it was very rare. You see, when I was diagnosed, 5 other members of my family were also diagnosed the same year. All of us had the gene testing at Dan Farber Cancer Hospital in Boston. I have 7 sisters and countless nieces. As it happens, all of us (sisters) tested positive for the BRACA 1 & 11 gene. My nieces also had the testing. One niece was negative while her sister was +. My grandmother died of breast cancer and my mother's sisters (4) all died of cancer The only ones that didn't die of breast cancer was my mom and her sister, It's very rare for an entire family to have breast cancer Blessing
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