Ask an Expert: View a Question

Ask an Expert is a free question-and-answer service about breast cancer and breast health that is available on weekends. If you'd like to ask a question or comment, please visit us again on Saturday or Sunday. In the meantime, please search the existing topics using the search tool at the top of the page. It's quite possible that one of our many existing topics already addresses your question.

If you would like a consultation with a breast specialist at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, call 443-997-8282. It is possible to get an appointment for a second opinion within a few days of contacting us.

We hope you find the information helpful!.

ForumQuestionsAsk a Question
Concerns about Breast Cancer Family History
Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
850 Ask a Question

AskedPublicly Submitted Question
3/20/2016My Mom has just been recently diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. She does not have any family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer on either side of her family. I am worried for myself and my daughters. Will we have a higher risk for this too? What can I do since this form of cancer doesn't show on mama grams?
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
3/20/2016Only 12% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have any family history for breast or ovarian cancer so she is actually in the majority. that said, her age will influence how much increased risk this gives you and your children. If she is younger than age 50 she should probably talk with a genetics counselor for a risk assessment. If she is older than 50 then this makes your risk a bit less. inflammatory breast cancer is a tough one to beat. we hope she responds well to chemo which should be her first phase of treatment. The type of breast cancer is not hereditarily passed on to other generations. so don't assume that if you got breast cancer it would be inflammatory. only 3% of women get this type.

Please note: This service is not intended to provide primary medical advice concerning specific medical care or treatment. Ask an Expert is a free service operated by health care professionals at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. Due to the volume of questions and their complexity, there are times when medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists or oncology nurses are consulted for their input. These individuals volunteer their time for this service and will respond as soon as they are able. Please do not post or send the same question to us in multiple locations or categories.

The contents of this portion of the website cannot be used as a substitute for a consultation with your doctor or other healthcare provider. It also may not represent the opinions of other Johns Hopkins professionals. It is a free service performed on volunteer time and intended to provide feedback to questions posted by consumers however should not be used as a directive or instructions to now follow. Seeing your own medical provider is always important in getting your needs and questions addressed. In the majority of cases, a clinical examination, review of pathology slides and xrays, along with other medical information is needed to truly provide a consultative service. If you wish to receive a formal consultation with our physicians please call 443-997-8282 for surgical appointments and 410-955-8964 for medical or radiation oncology appts. For breast imaging, call 410-955-4100.


© The Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Health System, All rights reserved.