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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|3/7/2012||I have a mom living with dcis diagnosed at age 61 . Her sister diagnosed at age 60 with breast cancer and then dcis in the other breast at age 62 . My aunt also had lcis .my aunts genetic testing is negative. No other cases of breast or any other cancer in the family. Their mother still living at the age of 85 . I had a intraductal papilloma and florid hyperplasia without atypia . Do I need prophylactic mastectomy or chemo prevention? And also what is my risk of getting breast cancer ?|
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|3/8/2012||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Make an appointment with a breast high risk specialist to evaluate your individual risk based on your personal and family history. There are non-surgical risk reduction measures for women deemed high risk. A women's risk of breast cancer does increase as we age, so we are more concerned when we see a family with several pre-menopausal women <40 with breast cancer. You ask do you NEED a mastectomy-probably not, and there are certainly both physical and mental 'side' effects to deal with any time one has major surgery. And one's risk of developing breast cancer, while decreased, does not go to zero, with a mastectomy. Practice healthy living lifestyle, with diet, exercise and keep vigilant about your yearly mammograms, clinical breast exams and your own breast self awareness. Hope this helps, and best wishes.|
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