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First degree relatives with breast cancer

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Nurse_BCN
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Re: First degree relatives with breast cancer

Hi AA

Thanks for posting.

Having more than one family member diagnosed with breast cancer can be a shock, especially if those family members are your sisters.  People react in different ways when this happens so it's natural to wonder what others have to say about this.

If you are wondering how best to help your sisters, our information about how to support someone with breast cancer may be helpful.  People can react in different ways so its natural to wonder what others say about this.

Its also important to look after yourself as it can be an upsetting time for everyone.  You can connect with others who are supporting someone with breast cancer by posting on this part of the forum or call our free confidential Helpline if it would help to talk to one of our nurses. Also, our Someone like me service may be able to put you in touch with someone in a similar situation.

If you have concerns about your own breast cancer risk it may help to know that having a family history of breast cancer does not automatically mean you are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer in the future.

The biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and increasing age.

There are only a small number of people who will be at a greater risk of developing breast cancer because they have a significant family history.

If you’re concerned that your family history is significant, talk to your GP.  It’s helpful if you can find out as much information as possible about your family history before this discussion.  Our information about family history risk assessment explains what details your doctor needs to know in order to assess you. 

As already mentioned, do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks. The number is 0808 800 6000, (Relay UK -prefix 18001).

If you would like a nurse to call you do complete this form. Ticking the box agreeing to a call back.

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.

Best wishes

Eve

Breast Care Nurse

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Nurse_BCN
Moderator

Re: First degree relatives with breast cancer

Hi AA

Thanks for posting your question on Ask Our Nurses forum. 

We hope to be able to respond to you on Monday.

In the meantime our Helpline is open from 9am to 1pm tomorrow (Saturday) if you would like to talk things through. 

If you do phone our Helpline please let us know that you have asked a question on our forum so that we know your query has been answered. Thank you

With best wishes

Lisa

Ask Our Nurses Service Co-ordinator

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AA
Member

First degree relatives with breast cancer

Hi I have 2 sisters over the age of 55 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 2 years.

 

im almost 50. 

Has anyone else had this and how did they feel ?