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12/10/2017I had DCIS at age 49 and my mother in law had breast cancer diagnosed at age 55? not sure what type but she ended up with masectomy and I think radiation(i was just dating her son at time and she never really spoke about). My 26 yr old was told she had a lump and PCP wants to do an ultrasound and mammogram. What are your thoughts? Is dr being cautious or have we right to worry? She doesnt smoke, drink or has never taken birth control, she exercises, but extremely stressful job as social worker.
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12/10/2017Any lumps in a woman of any age should be investigated further, so the PCP is correct to order breast imaging. If you or your mother-in-law had genetic testing, look at the results. If either of you carries a gene mutation for breast cancer (BRCA1 or BRCA2), your daughter should probably be tested to see if she inherited that gene mutation from either you or her father's side of the family.

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