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10/29/2016Age 59 stage 1 grade 2 95% both ER and PR positive, Her2 neg, KI67 10%, 1 Micromet. Unilateral mastectomy 1 yr ago. In light of fam history, Maternal: Grandma (although very elderly) & 2 of her 4 sisters (50's & 60s) breast cancer (1 was stage 4) her daughter (stage 4 age 46), one niece stage 4 age 31, one niece age 37, and her sister's granddaughter (55), my grandma other 2 sisters had colon cancer and the other bladder cancer. Her brother had brain cancer age 28. (All siblings had cancer). Her father had stomach cancer. Maternally also 2 brothers with prostate and 3 relatives w/lung cancer. Paternally, 2 of 4 of my father's sisters w/postmenpausal breast cancer. I've been on AI one year. No chemo/rad. Trying to understand my risk and decide if healthy breast should be removed. What kind of physician would I consult with at Johns Hopkins to help make this decision?
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10/30/2016consider seeing Dr David Euhus who is a breast surgical oncologist as well as expert in genetics and high risk women. 443-997-8282. ask to be scheduled with him. The other cancers that your family has had shouldn't have an impact on increasing your risk of breast cancer. just those who have had breast or ovarian cancers. Prostate cancer may be a factor if the men were diagnosed in their 50s.

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