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 Q4: Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
I'm specifically asking if you (the actual answerer of this question) have ever had cancer, not if you know someone who has. Most of us have had to face cancer when it has afflicted a loved one. ...

 If cigarettes is bad why do factories still make and sell it?

 Ok I need serious hlep please.I'm 17 and I think I might have breast cancer.?
I found a lump in my right breast and I'm freaking out. Is there a quick way to find out if it's cancer without freaking out my parents?
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 Please help me! I am scared of having my cervical cancer jab!?
I ma getting the cervical cancer jab this year and I am freakng out! I hate needles and am scared I will faint or have an adverse reasction. One girl died form it, another even got paralized! S...

 say you've just been diagnosed with a terminal illnes, what would you do?
ok, say one day you don't feel so good, you black out, and when you wake up you're in a hospital and everyone is looking really serious. then a doctor tells you that xou have a teminal ...

 I had Melanoma, people say it wasnt "real" cancer?
when i was 26yrs old i got diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma. i am free and clear now (over 2 yrs ago). when i say I had melanoma alot of people acta nd/or say it isnt "real cancer" like ...

 Hospice : Are you familiar with it?
My mother has cancer and has been put on hospice. I've been told that once on hospice, the 'end' must be close. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks....

 my mother has 4th stage breasr cancer it spreaded to the liver and bones is it cureable?
she is in pain all the time the doctor has her on morphine patches thats all so i wont to know there nothing they can do but make her ...

 ok my dad past away this summer and i have had some dreams of me geting cancer? What does this Mean? ?
ok in my dream the doctor said i had lung cancer and i will die. i was put threw Kemo in my dream the needles and dye and everything. i was so scary. What can this mean?...

 Hair getting white very early age. Any medicine/therapy/advise to keek that black?

 Does anybody know a person who has cancer or died of cancer?
My mother was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer two years ago. She died on February 11,2009. I know she is not suffering anymore and is resting in peace but I miss her so much. She was only 49 ...

 my boyfriend lied about having cancer?
ok i had dated him for 3 months. it was december wen we started dating and during the beginning of the relationship he told me he had throat cancer and he was going for chemo. he was back at school ...

 HELP IM GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
srry about the "help im gonna die" it was just so ppl would actually read this!..okay so i have the stomach flu and i cant eat/drink anything besides chicken noodle soup.i would be willing ...

 Does it bother you when you are asked are told"You don't act like a cancer patient"?
I have been told that i don't act like i have cancer and i know others who have been told the same thing. I was wondering if that has ever happened to you, and if so, how does that make you feel?...

 My dad's brother and sister both died of lung cancer in their 20's. will i get it?

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my dad is 62 & smokes like a chimney. he has never had cancer. i am 17 and i don't smoke, never ...

 does 'kills 99.99%' really mean kills 100%?
hey guys

so i asked my mum today why hand sanitizers only kill 99.99% of bacteria. and she said, the most likely do kill 100% but they say 99.99% so if it dosent work for one person, they ...

 What are the causes of Lung Cancer?

 Went for a smear test and worried about the nurse's comments ?
She said i was looking red around the cervix and wasnt sure why. I dont get the results for 4 weeks but cant work out if this is a symptom of something serious....

 my dad has terminal cancer and this will most likely be his last fathers day. what should I get him?
im having a hard time trying to pick the perfect gift, i want to get him something that shows him I love him and that he means alot to me. have any suggestions?...

 Desperate to find an antiperspirant deo that doesn't contain...?
... 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (also known as Bronopol) and also doesn't contain Aluminium. Anyone able to help?...

Is Breast Cancer genetic?

No. I don't think so. But your chances are higher if it runs in your family.

Cancer itself isn't genetic. We all have cancer cells in us. The question is, are they active and are they growing. If you have cancer in your family history, then the odds of you being diagnosed with active cancer anywhere in your body (not just breasts) is moderate to high. I would get a momogram and a blood screen for cancer every year once you turn 25, just to be on the safe side, and put the worrying aside uless you get a positve result. If you spend your whole life worrying you'll get cancer, then chances are that you may. Live life to the fullest, but get screened yearly. Good luck.

Sometimes breast cancer is genetic. However, most cases are not. As mentioned in other answers, a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene (most common genes involved in hereditary breast cancer) can predispose someone to an increased chance of developing breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer. Carriers of this genetic mutation have a 50% chance of passing it on to a child. Men can carry this gene as well and pass it on. Genetic counseling and testing is sometimes recommended to patients with a strong family history.
Usually, families with one of these genetic mutations have a very strong history(mom and sister, grandma and aunt, etc) of breast and/or ovarian cancer in the family occuring at an early age (i.e. 20-50 yrs old). The family history can be misleading though, for example, if you got the gene from your dad who got it from his dad or if for some tragic reason, the woman carrier(s) died from something else before the cancer developed.

ash_marie x0
yes. alot of things are genetic. If it runs in your family then its genetic.

Genes -- Some people have genes that make them more prone to developing breast cancer. The most common gene defects are found in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These genes normally produce proteins that protect you from cancer. But if a parent passes you a defective gene, you have an increased risk for breast cancer. Women with one of these defects have up to an 80% chance of getting breast cancer sometime during their life.

Other genetic defects have been linked to breast cancer, including those found in the ATM gene, the CHEK-2 gene, and the p53 tumor suppressor gene, but these are very rare.

Yes, if you have a first degree relative(such as a mother, sister) with breast cancer your chances of getting it double.

Tyler W
I agree with the red head....my cousin had breast cancer but she passed away 7 years ago...her great grandmother had it and so did her mother

types of breast cancer are..types of breast cancer are not.

BRCA1 or BRCA2 predispose to breast cancer and ovarian cancer as well as prostate cancer (BRCA1) and other cancers (BRCA2).

Hereditary breast cancer is much rarer than many people think. Only 5 -10% of breast cancer cases are due to hereditary factors. Most are random.

My oncologist was able to assure me that my breast cancer was not hereditary and that other women and girls in my family were not at increased risk.

You would normally be regarded as at increased risk if a first-degree relative - parent, sibling - had one of the faulty BCRA genes; even if they did, it would not mean you had inherited it and even if you had it would not mean that you would definitely get breast cancer.

.If someone develops breast cancer after the age of 50, it is less likely to be hereditary

continental poop
you're more likely to get it if relatives on your mother's side has it, but you should go for an anual check up anyways
my aunt on my mother's side has had it seven times but im clear of it.... lets hope it stays that way!

yeah it can be, if your mother or grandmother, maternally, had it then you are more likely to develop it. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 15, so I am at a higher risk than others, but that doesn't mean that I will definetly get it. Women with no family history are also susceptible to it, no-one is immune from the dreadful disease.

Lacey J
if you have a family history to any cancer you are more prone to it

Salli B
The truth is we don't know what causes breast cancer.

There are certain factors that seem to increase your risk, like family history etc. and certain factors that seem to decrease your risk, like breastfeeding etc.

I had none of the risk factors and did a number of the things that are supposed to decrease your risk and I was diagnosed at only age 28.

There's lots of really good information at breastcancer.org if you're looking for more.

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