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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|2/8/2012||I am 42 years old and undergoing diagnostic mammography tomorrow, 2/9/12. This evening I just found out from my biological father that his mother died at the age of 40 from ovarian cancer and his aunt (his mother's sister) had died from ovarian cancer as well. Also, his father (grandfather) died from prostate cancer at the age of 75 and his brother (my uncle) also has been diagnosed with prostate cancer in the past, mid-40's. I have had pre-cancerous endometrial cells in the past and, due to many problems, 3 years ago underwent a complete hysterectomy. I have had mammography in the past,age 38, because of a small nodule in right breast, which I was told was benign, but I was also told to have a follow-up exam 6 months later because of density in the left breast. Due to financial crisis, I was not able to accomplish this. About 2 months ago, I began having swelling in right armpit, very low, upper and outer quadrant of right breast. My physician said lymph nodes were not swollen but clearly there is inflammation with just a hint of tenderness. I have not been feeling well, very fatigued. How does my biological father's family history of cancer affect me as far as risk factors? Any help on this would certainly be appreciated.|
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|2/9/2012||you get half your genes from your dad and half from your mom so it doesn't matter which side of the family this significant cancer history is on, it is equal for you- mom's side or dad's side. so time to get evaluated (which hopefully happened today) and time to get genetics evaluation since there is a considerable possibility that you may have a breast cancer gene in your family.|
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