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1/18/201893 y/o mother diagnosed with DCIS l breast and invasive lobular carcinoma of r breast. her sister had a breast cancer dx around age 88(we do not know the type), their brother died of colon cancer and other brother son had colon cancer as well(both colon cancers were dx over age of 60). Do you recommend genetic screening with this history? Thank you!
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1/18/2018Breast cancer is mostly an older woman's disease and typically cancers that are related to a gene mutation are seen in much younger patients. Usually, we do not do genetic testing on patients unless they are under 50 and have met certain criteria. Having said that, there can be a genetic link between breast cancer and colon cancer, especially with lobular breast cancer, so it is worth asking her doctor.

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