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10/5/2017Thank you for previous answers in August 2017. However, I want to know why physicians will not state that my breast disease is genetic when 5 out 9 female members in the last two generations have had this breast disease (my mother, my sister, my maternal aunt, my maternal cousin and myself)? Also is taking Letrozole really beneficial if the cause of this breast disease is genetic? I have had both spit and blood genetic test and tests had indicated that there is no BRAC gene. However, representative of genetic testing facility admit that family breast disease may be result of gene that is unknown/undiscovered at this time. I am seeking some peace of mind. It is most difficult to move on from this event when no one can tell me why this happened. I followed medical recommendations and yet this disease still happened. It is unrealistic to simply say that 70% to 80% of women never know why they develop this disease. There is no other profession in the world where such a general statement would accepted. I just want an answer - if you do not know why it happened, then how can medicine prevent it? Someone must understand. I live in fear and have developed OCD, depression and all that I have been told is that no one knows why this breast disease happened and I might consider taking medication for my anxiety. Please, please give me an answer other than just move on. I need answers.
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10/5/2017So sorry to hear of your journey. But the answer is as you have been told, your risk of developing breast cancer is because you are a woman and are growing older. There is no pat answer to your question. Hope you find some peace and can stop living in fear.

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