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Is cancer hereditary?
My both maternal grandparents died of cancer(liver and prostrate). Also my dad's aunt( mother's sister) had breast cancer. Now two yr before my aunt ( father's sister) is also diagnosed with cancer.. Am I at risk for developing cancer? If so what all precautions should to prevent it?
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Inheritance depends on the cancer type and the pattern of disease inhertance . If it is an autosomal inheritence ,everyone of your generation will have 50% chance of inheriting the disease. The prevention measures will depend on the type of cancer/syndrome running through your family. It can be inherited. Need to consult a genetic consellor and /or a physician who will take the information regarding the proband's family history and evaluate the risk.. If it is seen that the proband's(the person who's asking the question) grand mother and other family members had the same types of cancer/ related to gynaecological cancers or any other indications , Genetic testing will be recommended. Proband can be checked for Germline mutation. Depending on the syndrome and the test result, she can be further suggested for the preventive mTo find out how much you are genetically inclined to get cancer, you must undergo genetic testing. On the basis of your genetic results, the preventive options can be discussed with your physician. And our preventive oncology department can help you to change your lifestyle accordingly. easurements.
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