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What is 'Hereditary Breast Cancer'?

Your genes determine more than your blood type and physical features-they may also determine your risk for developing certain diseases, including cancer. Some families have an inherited tendency to develop certain types of cancer. In these families, a change in the genetic material (called as a germ-line mutation ) , or DNA, predisposes those who carry it, to developing cancer. This germ-line genetic mutation may be passed down from parent to child.
Several relatives with cancer in a family is often an indication that there may be inherited predisposition to cancer, putting healthy individuals of that family at a 1 in 2 risk of developing certain types of cancers. Cancers in such families typically occur at younger ages than in the general . Sometimes people in these families develop more than one cancer.

I have one or more family members, suffering from cancer. Is there anything I should do?

If you're facing inherited cancer risks, there's experienced help available in India.
A specialized Genetics Consultation helps in identifying whether a cancer is hereditary, and if yes, what can be done to prevent it from developing. Options for genetic testing, early detection, risk reduction and prevention, and research opportunities are discussed.
Please click HERE to go to the Genetics Consultation page, which discusses this topic in detail.