• Does cancer run in your family? If so, do you know how far back it goes?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Monday, November 20, 2017

    Does cancer run in your family? If so, do you know how far back it goes?

    This article about it suggests that it's hereditary.
    It Runs in the Family: The Risk of Hereditary Cancer
    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/sponsor-content/family-hereditary-cancer-risk-assessment/

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Not in the slightest.

      I believe the cancer I had was from environmental exposure to toxic mold.

      An Uncle died from the same type of cancer I had sometime in the 1950s but he and I were not blood related.

      29 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My Mother and Father both had cancer, and died as a result of it. Prostate and lung cancer. I had cancer for the first and second time before either of them did, so I don't believe mine and their's could be related. It's possible to have a gene that is responsible for it I guess.

      28 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      3 out of 4 grandparents died of cancer -- breast, brain, throat, and everyone smoked. I only know how one great grandparent died, and that was diabetes related.

      28 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      My dad died of the same kind of lung cancer as I have. An uncle, my dad's older brother died of cancer. I forget what kind. A maternal great aunt died of cancer. I don't remember what kind ... I think stomach. My maternal aunt also died of cancer and I think hers might have also been stomach cancer.

      It would take a lot to convince me that there is NOT a hereditary link.

      28 days ago
    • Newby2Cancer's Avatar
      Newby2Cancer

      I don't have anyone in my family that has had it as far as I know.

      27 days ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      My Mom died of BC at 40 but nobody else that I know of has had cancer....

      27 days ago
    • Leo4life's Avatar
      Leo4life

      I'm the only one. I find that strange; I don't smoke or drink and I was only 41 when I started treatment.

      27 days ago

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