• Should I be worried if a family member died from cervical cancer.

    Asked by Julianna on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Should I be worried if a family member died from cervical cancer.

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    • carm's Avatar

      Cervical cancer is viral driven and has no hereditary trait, Carm RN.

      about 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Julianna,

      Hi, I'm Aliza, a Breast Cancer patient and the site's unofficial Medical Librarian. Med Librarians usually answer non medical questions, but I'm permitted to answer questions where they intersect with my own experience as a Cancer patient and those of my friends and family.

      I'm the only person in my family to ever have Breast Cancer. My late mom and I were both fibrocystic (but my mom died from a Cerebral Hemorrhage caused by a dementia). I've been tested for the BRACA gene (a la Angelina Jolie) so I know I'm not going to be passing this along genetically to my daughter though we both have dense breast tissue.

      The cancer rates in my family are astounding. My grandpa and his 3 siblings all had colon cancer. Grandpa died from it-the rest of the gang survived and went on to die from other things at later dates. When I took a friend for a colonoscopy (I was 40) and her G.I. doc heard me mention my family history, I had my 1st colonoscopy at age 40 instead of the usual 50. Ok, it's better than the disease.

      My great aunt had vulvular cancer (the details of this are pretty horrific), and her sister had multiple myeloma. There's more, but I'll spare you.

      My BC was found last August. It was Stage I. I had a mastectomy in December and I'm going on celebrating 7 months cancer free.

      Forgive me, when I tell you that everyone dies from something. You cannot spend your time worrying (unless it's your mom or your sister) about whether you'll die from cervical cancer or any other kind-just get screened for whatever it is whenever you're supposed to. Do the best you can as that's all any of us can do. Learn to do a breast self exam so you can recognize lumps and have colonoscopies whenever you're supposed to.

      In the meantime, eat healthy, exercise, and most importantly, play hard, work hard, and love hard!!...;) Have fun!!


      about 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      As Cam mentioned cervical cancer is caused by HPV virus, you might want to make sure that you are tested for every year when you get your Pap smear. Other then that, there is nothing to worry about.

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      The best place to get this information is from your Doctor. Yes, you should have genetic testing done. Granted the majority of cervical cancer is driven by the HPV but not all. And there is something in your system, in your possible mutations, that did not clear the virus.

      No one on this site is qualified to tell you that you should not be genetically profiled.

      about 5 years ago

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