Answers to Common Breast Cancer and Genetic Counseling Questions

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

How does radiation therapy to the chest because of Hodgkin’s disease affect a patient’s risk for breast cancer?

It is the combination of having radiation, the timing – in terms of a person’s development – and the amount of time the radiation was administered.

Many times radiation is necessary to treat Hodgkin’s, but a long-term effect is that it increases breast cancer risk.

Women in that category are followed very closely and men who were treated for Hodgkin’s also need to be aware of it.

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Source: Faith Callif-Daley, MS, LGC, genetic counselor, Miami Valley Hospital North;;,, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention