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|7/19/2011||My mother had DCSI when she was 47 years (back in 1979, with no treatment at all) She in now 80 perfectly healthy. I was recently diagnosed with DCIS. Is it hereditary? Am I to hope for a similar good prognosis?|
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|7/19/2011||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center with your question. And congratulations to your mom as well! DCIS is not hereditary, although somewhere between 5-10% of breast cancers are genetic, caused by a BrCa gene. Most times women will develop breast cancer pre-menopausally, and there is a striong family history of 1st degree relatives with pre menopausal breast cancer...so does not sound like your situation. Our greatest risk factor for developing breast cancer is simply being a woman, and next, aging, none of which we can control. Our risk of breast cancer increases as we grow older, so that by the time we are in our 80's, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosied with breast cancer. As far as your prognosis, early deteted breast cancer is very treatable and curable, but please be seen by a breast cancer surgical oncologist, who will recommend appropriate surgery, and then a breast cancer medical and radiation oncologist as well. If you are ER positive, you may be advised to take a hormonal therapy like tamoxifen if pre-menopausal, or an aromatase inhibitor if post menopausl, and you may also be advised to get radiaton. We have come along way since treatment of breast cancer in 1978! Hope this helps, and best wishes. If we can help, call Shelai @ 443-287-BRST (2778) for an appointment.|
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