University Hospitals Specialists Explore Family Links to Breast Cancer
An estimated five to 10 percent of all breast cancer patients have a family history of women with early onset breast cancer, bilateral breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer. This kind of family history is suggestive of inherited cancer susceptibility. Within these families, cancer often occurs at earlier ages than usual, and there may be women with breast and/or ovarian cancer and men with breast cancer in two or more generations.
The Center for Human Genetics cancer genetics specialists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, work with patients and their families to determine if a genetic factor is responsible for cancer within a family. This information can be used by patients to reduce their chances of developing additional cancers and to alert other family members to potential risk factors and help develop plans for cancer screening and risk reduction.