If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. Most people with breast or ovarian cancer do not have a gene mutation running in their family. If you are worried about cancer in your family, talk to your GP. If needed, they will refer you to a genetics specialist. A small number of people inherit gene mutations that cause a higher risk of breast or ovarian cancer.
Treatment decisions for people with hereditary breast cancer
This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources.
Breast cancer is a disease in which certain cells in the breast become abnormal and multiply uncontrollably to form a tumor. Although breast cancer is much more common in women, this form of cancer can also develop in men. In both women and men, the most common form of breast cancer begins in cells lining the milk ducts ductal cancer.
Thinking about cancer or dealing with cancer risk can be scary or overwhelming, but we believe that receiving information and resources is comforting, empowering, and lifesaving. Hereditary cancers are different than sporadic cancers in ways that can affect treatment choices. Some treatment decisions that may be influenced by genetic test results are listed below.