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10/6/2016MY paternal grandmother had breast cancer @21. Had a lumpectomy and lived to be 85, dying of heart related issues. NO other greats caner or cancers(except surface skin from father) are in the the families. What are my sister and I risk?
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10/6/2016there is a possibility that this wasn't cancer but instead a marker for increased risk. I say that because this was more than 60 years ago and 25% of women diagnosed with breast cancer back then actually didn't have breast cancer. and her age would imply that too. also, when cancer was found the only surgical treatment that was done was mastectomy; never lumpectomy. so your risk should be like the general population. 1 in 8 over your lifetime. 12% by age 85.

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