Family history of breast cancer

Family history of breast cancer describes when someone is at a greater risk of developing breast cancer because other members of their family have had breast cancer. Women who have had a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer can double the risk of them developing breast cancer too. If your family has a very strong history of breast cancer, it may be that you carry a certain gene that is increasing your risk. If you are concerned about your family history of breast cancer, discuss it with your GP would be able to provide advice on what action, if any, needs to be taken.

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