Increased risk?


I have had genetic testing for BRCA1 and have, luckily, been given confirmation that I don't have the gene. This test came about due to high risk from my father's side of the family.

My mother has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Does this now increase my risk? I know I don't have the gene, but am unclear whether I'm high risk again?


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  • Hi, sorry to hear about your mums diagnosis. Last year I was diagnosed and there is history on both my parents sides, my paternal grandma, my maternal aunt and also great aunt so I too had genes test, negative like yourself. I have an 11 year old daughter and a 14 year old niece and was immediately concerned about them. I had a thorough talk about this with specialist and he said they had a slightly elevated risk and would have to be extra vigilant when older. My aunt who had breast cancer was 32 at diagnosis, me 34, my grandma 36 so there seemed to be a pattern but doc thinks not, thinks just chance, bad luck.

  • Sorry, I don't know anything based on research about this topic. However, I've lived a long time and don't believe in coincidences. Especially in health. I have just had a breast removed because of a malignancy, and it emerged in exactly the same place as two previous benign lumpectomies. The doctors have tried to tell me that's a coincidence. I don't think so. I hope you have a full and speedy recovery. 🌺

  • Yes I was and still some what remain sceptical, the specialists theory was based around a sitting I had with him where by I had to give my family tree and I do come from a large family. When you looked at it all written down there was only the 3 relatives I previously mentioned over a 50 year period to have any sort of cancer within the family, I was like a dog with a bone though as I was certain there was something in being diagnosed young with BC. He did only state that perhaps another mutation not yet known could unlock the answer which is why I have given permission for any of my details, samples be used in research. It's a wait and see situation I suppose.

  • Hopefully then, you may yet learn more. That can only be good for the young women in the family.

  • Hi. Sorry about your mum, hope she will make a good recovery. I believe your risk will be the same as the general population. If you haven't got the gene your risk has not increased because of your mums diagnosis. It might be worth having a chat with the docs to see if there are other risk factors that you could avoid. In my case I wish I'd never gone on HRT. All the best to you both.