Does Breast Cancer run in your family?

By Jeanette Terry Latest Activity June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm Views 4,228 Replies 14 Likes 5

Jeanette Terry

I know that breast cancer risks do have a link to family history of cancer. But I also know several women that have had breast cancer that did not have a family history of cancer. Here is an article from our health center that can help explain it a little bit better.

What is your experience? Does it run in your family?

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  • Jeanette Terry
    Jeanette Terry November 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm   

    Here is another great article that I found on the relationship between genetics and breast cancer.

  • 100 Acre Woods
    100 Acre Woods August 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm   

    Cancer, but not breast cancer, runs in my family. My paternal grandfather had colon cancer, his daughter had ovarian cancer, my Mom had Kidney Cancer, and her sister had a daughter who had estrogen related Brest cancer.

  • jeffrey9127
    jeffrey9127 June 18, 2011 at 10:01 am   

    Breast cancer runs on my Father's side of the family. I am a 56 year old male who was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 18, 2011. To say I was shocked was an understatement. I know that men get this disease, but it is very rare.

    I have had a Total Mastectomy, and will start chemo soon. I am in the process of having genetic testing done to see if I have a gene mutation. If I do, I may need to have the other breast removed to prevent cancer from starting in that breast. I am Estrogen Receptor Positive. So I was started on Tamoxifen, but stopped that treatment (Dr.'s orders), until after the chemo is complete.

    I never gave much thought to what we inherit from our parents until this happened. Now my greatest concern is what have I passed on to my Children and Grand children. That is what I wonder about the most.

  • catiecupcake
    catiecupcake July 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm   

    My oldest daugher was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in early Febraury 2011. She chose the most aggressive treatment they had to offer as she has young children and is determined to live. She underwent a double mastectomy in March and is now about half way thru her six month chemo course. She is so brave and courageous. It pains me tho that I can't do a darn thing to make it go away. I am with her her at every infusion as her husband has been.

    My youngest daughter will undergo genetic testing to see if she carries the gene as well. Since both daughters have daughters of their own, at some point they also will have to undergo genetic testing.

    I pray that you will beat this nasty disease Jeffrey, you and everyone else that battles with this.

  • jeffrey9127
    jeffrey9127 July 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm   

    Thank you for your concern, I appreciate it. And I pray that your daughter comes through this and lives a long healthy life. I am confident that I will be cured. I know that I have a long way to go yet, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel when you look for it. God Bless you, your daughter, and your family.

  • berrykins0
    berrykins0 June 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm   
    Edited June 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm by berrykins0

    breast cancer runs in my family history

  • Cari Lee
    Cari Lee June 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm   

    Just wanted to say that i am a breast cancer surviver. I do believe it runs in the family. My mother, her mother and her 5 sisters all had mastectomies. I did not. I also had Uterine cancer and i hope to survive Thyroid Cancer. I don't think any one in my family had Uterine or Thyroid cancer.

  • berrykins0
    berrykins0 June 18, 2011 at 7:03 am   

    i hope that they can get rid of the cancer that on the thyriod area. i'm dealing with overactive thyroid issues do to the facts i have graves diease. i started out with under active thyriod. having issues with with your thyriod can be a challenge.i also have fibriods on my uterus. didn't turn out to cancer thank god. did have my uterus removed though.i did have a upscan for my thyriod to determin that i do have graves diease. in 2 months i will have ultra sound on my thyriod make sure nothing else wrong with it.

  • Cari Lee
    Cari Lee June 19, 2011 at 12:58 am   

    I certainly hope everything turns out well with ur thyroid. I am having surgery to remove the rest of mine on the 4th of August. Just try to keep a positive attitude. I think that helped me alot with the other cancers. Good Luck to u and God Bless u.

  • Jeanette Terry
    Jeanette Terry June 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm   

    Wow I really look up to you. Cancer can be a hard thing to deal with. You are an amazingly strong woman.

  • Cari Lee
    Cari Lee June 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm   

    Thanks, my friend, but i wasn't always a rock. Still not. I think it all comes along with age. U just deal with it and pray for the best. People like u and ur kind words and prayers get u thru a lot too.

  • bltricker
    bltricker October 21, 2011 at 8:53 am   

    everytime I discuss getting tested my doctor blows it off, I have a family history of breast cancer including a sister who died from it. What should I do?

  • Jeanette Terry
    Jeanette Terry November 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm   

    I would get a new doctor. That is aweful that your doctor is not taking the necessary precautions for you, especially since it runs in your family.

  • Cari Lee
    Cari Lee October 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm   
    Edited October 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm by Cari Lee

    I have always been able to just go to hospital and get a Mammogram. They will ask for ur docs name(so they can send him the results) but i have never had to have a referral. I don't take that lightly. Breast cancer and the screening there of is nothing to mess with. That's just my personality, i guess. I just won't let ANY doctor walk over me. The next time u go to see him, ask him WHY he blows u off and if u don't like his answer, GET ANOTHER DOC. THAT CARES!!!! Sorry to be so blunt, but docs like that really get under my skin. U get tested,my friend,especially when u have a family history of breast cancer and death. Take care, and God bless u.