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Family History

Hi All,

Does anyone know what the risk factor is if you have someone (grandma) who had cervical cancer/ovarian cancer in her early 30's?  I've had a lot of issues and wonder if these could have been prevented if I had known about my grandma prior.  Do the doctors treat you differently or pay more attention to detail if they know there is a history of some kind?

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Statistically, 5-15% of all cancers have a genetic predisposition. So, doctors definitely take note of family history... I couldn't say that they necessarily treat you differently... although, I noticed that they seem to be extra vigilant when abnormalities arise and the family history involves a parent and/ or a sibling who's had Cancer.

In my case, I've had non-cancerous breast growths (microcalcifications) and the doctor(s) seemed interested, but not alarmed, when I mentioned my 2 aunts with Breast Cancer. However, when I added that my sister is an Ovarian Cancer survivor, they became very concerned and suggested that I undergo genetic testing.
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1374010 tn?1278941457
Thanks for the information.  I told my doctor last Friday of the recent news of Cervical and Ovarian Cancer in my family and she seems unconcerned taking my age and health into more consideration rather than facts.  I was just curious to see if they could be related and do my own research to have a leg to stand on when I meet with her this week.

Thanks again,
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