But how about a family history of breast cancer, without the BRCA genes? Find out how breast cancer in other family members increases your risk of being diagnosed - or doesn't. Once you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, the impact of family history on your chance of getting breast cancer drops off your personal radar screen - you've already got it. Case closed. But if you're cancer-free, and know of others in your family who've had cancer - how much is your risk of breast cancer increased? Or, if you've just been diagnosed, is your daughter or mother at increased risk?
Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention
Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention Methods
This table provides examples of average, moderate, and strong family health histories of breast and ovarian cancer. This may help you understand if you have an increased risk for these cancers based on your family health history. Note: This table does not include all possible family health histories of breast and ovarian cancer. If you have concerns about your family health history of breast or ovarian cancer, please talk to your doctor.
Description of breast cancer risk program
But family history has been thought to be less of a factor for the elderly, and women often stop routine screenings by their 70s. While current U. Ideally, this should mean fewer women are diagnosed when tumors are bigger, rapidly growing, and harder to attack. But widespread screening can also catch small, slow-growing tumors that are unlikely to be fatal.
Each breast contains 15 to 20 lobes of glandular tissue, arranged like the petals of a daisy. The lobes are further divided into smaller lobules that produce milk for breast-feeding. Small tubes ducts conduct the milk to a reservoir that lies just beneath your nipple.