4 years ago1,000+ Views
If you can say yes to any of the following statements, then you should talk to your doctor about what kind of screening schedule you should follow to best meet your needs. Breast self exams are not as reliable as mammograms, clinical breast exams, or MRI's, so make sure to discuss your options. 1. I (or an immediate family member) have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. 2. My mother or sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40. 3. I have a personal history of invasive breast cancer 4. I have a personal history of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or atypical hyperplasia 5. I have had radiation treatment to the chest area during childhood or young adulthood 6. I have a mutation (or a first-degree relative with a mutation) in the TP53 or PTEN genes 7. I (or a first degree relative) have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome.
I think it's average risk if that happened. Increased risk means you should watch out and get extra screenings while you're young; if your relative was diagnosed after, then you'd still follow the normal schedule of mammograms and such.
Are you still at an increased risk if your family member was diagnosed after they turned 40?