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4/24/2016My cousin (1st cousin) has just been diagnosed with breast cancer (4mm) and although tested negative for genes has decided to opt for removal of both breasts as her mother (my maternal aunt)passed away 1971 post menopause of bc at 53 she had a lump but left it for 2 years before visiting her doctor, her daughter (my 2nd cousin)passed away in 2004 with bc aged 35, her sister (my 1st cousin) passed away with bc last year aged 60. My mother is 77 and in very good health. She lives in the US and has had fibroids removed twice in 30 years and has regular screening. Will I need to visit a family history clinic - had a recent mammogram which was clear. I also have 2 daughters (early 20's) who I will need to speak further with, and my cousin's daughter (whose mother passed) aged 34. What should I and the girls be doing. Should I be having yearly mammograms? Are they too young for mammograms? Many thanks
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4/24/2016Make an appointment with a high risk specialist to get your risk calculated specifically for you (and your girls.) Glad your mammograms look okay. yearly mammograms beginning at age 40 since these relatives are second degree relatives to you. daughters don't have to do mammograms until likely age 40 either.

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