other family cancers

hi my father died two years ago with cancer he had it over a 6 yr stretch getting better then somewhere else . i think he had lung bowel stomach as the main ones is there anything related now i have breast cancer…should i ask for any tests for rest of body as i am worried.

As far as I know there isn’t a link between lung and bowel cancer to breast cancer. I think there may be a link to certain cancers if you happen to have one of the genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2)

It might be an idea to talk to someone from BCC if you are worried.

Hope this helps.

Hi jal
I think pinkdove is correct that there is no link between bowel or lung cancer and breast cancer.
When i was having my gene tests for the BRCA1 and 2. I asked alot about different cancers.
All my mothers 5 brothers and sisters have died of cancer 3 breast cancer one lung and one bowel cancer. Grandmother had bowel cancer. Somehow i knew i would get it but not in my 40’s though.
There is a connection with ovarion cancer if you carry the BRCA gene fortunately mine were negative.

I know jal a lady who was on the ward with me was willing to pay for a whole body scan but the oncologist adviced against it. she said it was not overly reliable and could show things which caused worry and concern but would never come to anything and then may not show up other things.

The sad fact is we now live a different life and worry more over what hopefuly turn out to be straightforward problems like backache.
but each one of us has to find our own ways of coping and living a normal life.

Rx

hi thanks for that sometimes i suppose its best you dont know but i want to live a long life like us all and if somthing i can do it would help. its just i lost a bit of faith in tests i had mamogram nothing showed now waiting for mastectomy. and mri breast scan. a lot o f people mention gene testing can anyone have this what does it involve etc. i dont mind paying for anything if it helps. thanks again

Hi Jal

Breast Cancer Care have published a factsheet about familial breast cancer which may answer some of your queries, you can read it via the following link:

breastcancercare.org.uk/docs/familial_breast_cancer_updated_may_06_0.pdf

Please don’t forget about our confidential helpline if you it would help to talk to one of our specialist nurses about the concerns you have regarding your family history of cancer, the number is 0808 800 6000 and it’s open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-2pm.

Best wishes

Lucy
Moderator
Breast Cancer Care

Hi jal - my father died of colon cancer at 59 yrs, my twin brother of a malignant inoperable brain tumour at 50 yrs. All of my late father’s siblings (7 of them) died of some sort of cancer. I also have Crohn’s as well as bc and asked my gastro if the breast and colon cancers are linked. He said an empahtic “no - but you are at high risk for colon cancer having Crohn’s for some 37 yrs and your father dying of it”. Don’t know whether that was good news or bad! Either way, looks as if I will probably end up with colon cancer.

I had a bone scan, liver scan and chest x-ray after I had my lumpectomy and all lymph nodes removed, just as I started chemo. All was fine, but reassuring to have had them done.
Liz.