Each year close to 250,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Family history is known to be a very important risk factor for the development of breast cancer.
Approximately one-third of patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer have a family history, and it is estimated that 5 to 10 percent of all breast cancers are caused by a known mutation in a breast cancer susceptibility gene.
- Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50?
- Have any of your family members* been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50?
- Has more than one family member* been diagnosed with breast cancer at any age?
- Have any of your family members* been diagnosed with ovarian cancer?
- Do any of your family members* have a known mutation?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, talk to your doctor about a referral to Beaumont’s cancer genetics program, as you may benefit from genetic counseling and possible genetic testing.
*family members include: mother, aunt, grandmother, cousin, sibling, child and/or grandchild