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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|2/13/2012||Hello, I have a quick question about whether the risk of breast cancer is increased if aunts/cousins from both sides have died from the disease. My aunt (father's sister) and her daughter (my cousin) both died from the disease before reaching 45 years of age. My 2 aunts from my mother's side died from breast cancer at about 50 years. My mum had cancer twice, but it wasn't breast cancer, so I don't think my sisters and I have an increased risk, but I would be grateful if you could put our minds to rest. Kind Regards.|
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|2/13/2012||there is some risk there due to it being multiple family members on the same side of the family. it is not as worrisome however as it would be if it was first degree relatives. still smart to be diligent with mammograms annually beginning at age 40, breast self exams monthly and clinical breast exams annually.|
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