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My mother had breast cancer. Does this mean I will get cancer too?


Having a family member with a disease suggests that you may have a higher chance of developing that disease than someone without a similar family history. It does not mean that you will definitely develop the disease. Genes are only one of many factors that contribute to disease. Other factors to consider include your diet, exercise patterns, and where you live or work.

If you are at risk for breast cancer, consider following national guidelines for a healthy diet and regular exercise (USDA). It is also important to follow recommendations for screening tests (such as mammograms) that may help to detect disease.

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Last Updated: 04/21/2008