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Autoimmune disorders and breast cancer

Am a 27 year old woman diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Have also discovered a lump in my right breast that needs to be removed. It can be tested only after it is surgically removed. I want to know whether the risk of cancer is higher for patients with autoimmune disorder. Is there anything I have to alert my surgeon to?

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Hi.
There is no causal link between the development of breast cancer and presence of an autoimmune disorder.  There are specific syndromes that are related to a genetic defect in the tumor suppressor gene that predispose one to develop breast cancer.  Examples include Cowden’s syndrome and Li-Fraumeni Syndrome.          
You can mention to your surgeon all pertinent medical history.  
Good luck on your biopsy.    
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