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|Concerns about Breast Cancer Family History
Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|7/22/2011||If a childs mother passed away from breast cancer at the age of 38 and there is a family history of cancer in both male/female on the mothers side, should her only child be tested at a certain age?|
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|7/22/2011||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center with your question. What a good question. It's not a matter if the 'child' should be tested, but that the child, who will grow into an adult woman, and at some time based on that adult woman's decision, may decide to undergo genetic counseling and possibly testing of her own volition. Prior to that, we would recommend that any woman with a history of first degree relative diagnosed with premenopausal breast cancer, should begin screening approximately 5-10 years before relative diagnosis. What a tragedy for any young child to lose their mother from breast cancer. We are working very hard here @ Johns Hopkins through our research and trials to one day stop this disease! Hope this helps, and best wishes.|
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