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What does it mean for my breast cancer risk if my mother had breast cancer?

Having a mother or sister with breast cancer (first-degree relative) does generally increase risk of breast cancer to 2-3 times that of the general population. It is important to look at the entire family history to see whether there is a possibility of a genetic syndrome in the family. However other factors, including mother’s age at diagnosis, also affect specific risk estimates. A visit with a genetic counselor or breast cancer specialist can help clarify your individualized risk.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Only 20% of breast-cancer patients have a family history of the disease. This means that, for many women, a breast-cancer diagnosis can strike without warning. But that does not mean you are powerless. Routine mammograms, a healthy immune system fueled by some smart diet choices, and a little vitamin D can help you prevent breast cancer.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Breast cancer risk is increased with familial history.  In general, having one 1st degree relative on the maternal side, including the sister, mother or daughter, will double your risk and, again, this can increase by five fold in women who have two 1st degree relatives with breast cancer.  Women who have strong family diathesis of breast cancer at higher risk need to be screened regularly in order to prevent, survey and treat accordingly.

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