Answers to Common Breast Cancer and Genetic Counseling Questions

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

If close relatives have been diagnosed with other types of cancers, does this increase a person’s risk for breast cancer?

There is an art to interpreting family history. Multiple types of cancers can occur in the same family because of shared environment, common genetic risk factors or by chance. If people have multiple family members with different types of cancers, it is probably a good idea to have an evaluation with a genetic counselor.

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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