Answers to Common Breast Cancer and Genetic Counseling Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about breast cancer and genetic counseling.

Does previously being diagnosed with breast cancer increase a patient’s risk of developing breast cancer again?

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer you have a slightly increased risk of developing a second cancer. If your cancer is inherited, you have a larger risk of a second cancer.

When doctors are caring for someone with breast cancer, it is important to think about inherited cancers, before an initial surgery, because having an inherited cancer may lead to a different decision for the patient upfront. The patient may choose a surgery that could take care of the cancer they have and prevent a future cancer.

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Source: Faith Callif-Daley, MS, LGC, genetic counselor, Miami Valley Hospital North; Breastcancer.org; Komen.org, Cancer.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention