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Breast cancer can be inherited paternally can't it?

(12 Posts)
Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 19-Oct-12 20:55:50

My mum died from breast cancer six years ago. My lovely mother-in-law died from it last month. I have two little girls. I would like to be tested for the gene and I'm wondering if dh ought to be tested too. I would like to know if my dd's stand any definite chance of getting it.

What a bastard of a disease.


Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 19-Oct-12 22:08:35

It's been playing on my mind since a friend of DMil's sent me some literature about families with the inherited gene. If both grandmothers had it my dd's might stand a high chance of getting it too.

Mintyy Fri 19-Oct-12 22:10:37

Yes indeed, a terrible bastard of a disease. Goes without saying.

How old are you, op?

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 23-Oct-12 22:29:26

I'm 36 and my dh is 37. My dd's are 6 and 3.

I'm not old enough for regular mammograms but I am only three years younger than my mum was when she was diagnosed.

uoYekorByMredluomS Tue 23-Oct-12 22:35:38

I am at the age now when my dm had breast cancer (under 40). It annoys me that they don't offer genetic testing.

bugsylugs Tue 23-Oct-12 22:41:59

ilove and yekor if in uk you can have an assessment of your risk and if deemed to be higher you get earlier mammograms, you can only be tested for a gene if they know what gene your relative had. In the midlands people are referred to birminghams genetic

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 23-Oct-12 23:26:21

you can only be tested for a gene if they know what gene your relative had

Is that right?!!

So if I have no idea what genes my dm and dmil had, as they are both dead now, there's nothing I can do to determine my own risk and that of my children?


invicta Wed 24-Oct-12 00:44:11

There are only two known breast cancer genes - Brcac 1 and 2. Others may yet to be identified. Testing involves having a blood test.

If you are worried, intact your local gp. He may refer you to your local breast cancer unit. You will be aked to fill in forms regarding your family cancer history ( including grandparents etc), who will assess your risk. If high, then you may be referred for genetic testing.

However, the results are purely statistics. My twin sister got bc a year ago. My cancer family history showed that I had an average risk of bc. Six months later I was diagnosed.

The good news is that NHS bc care in the uk issuperb, and in mst cases is curable.

invicta Wed 24-Oct-12 00:45:43

My genetics testing is done independently of my sister, so I don't think need to test relatives. You either having the bc gene, or you don't.

invicta Wed 24-Oct-12 00:47:54

My first post was meant to read, 'contact', not ' intact'.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 24-Oct-12 08:53:11

I know the survival rates for breast cancer are better than ever now.

Sadly it usually comes back somewhere else and it's the secondaries that get you. sad

CitizenOscar Wed 24-Oct-12 16:15:11

There is some info about breast cancer in families here - hope that helps

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