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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Does family history of breast cancer increase my risk?

    If my aunty died of breast cancer and my grandmother has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, given that they are both on my fathers side, does this increase my family history of getting it?
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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Having a strong family history of breast cancer is a known risk factor for breast cancer. A strong family history means having three or more first or second degree relatives on the same side of the family with breast cancer. A family history on your fathers side is just as important as on your mother's side. For more information about risk factors for breast cancer you can take a look at the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre's riskcalculator

    Other risk factors include;

    • being a women
    • getting older
    • Inheriting a faulty gene (called a gene mutation) that increases the risk of breast cancer.
    Remember that many women with breast cancer have no obvious risk factors. Having one or more risk factors doesn't mean you will definitely develop breast cancer.


    Women’s Health EducatorHealth Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane). Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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