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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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11/19/2015I have a personal history of breast cancer (ILC diagnosed 2011), my mother had what was called a "precancerous condition" resulting in bilateral mastectomies back in the early 1970s, both my mother's sisters and one maternal cousin have also had breast cancer. I have no sisters. I know my daughters, who are late 20's/early 30's in age, fall into the "high risk" category. What would the recommendation be for them in terms of frequently/timing of screening mammograms or use of antihormonal drugs as preventative treatment? Thank you also for all you do here. I have learned so much from reading your responses to questions!
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11/19/2015The first step would be to meet as a family with a genetics counselor. it might be helpful for you to be tested for breast cancer genes. if you tested positive then your children should then consider testing. (always important to have someone who has already had breast cancer in the family be tested first.) These results would guide whether tamoxifen would be useful for them or some other preventative method.

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