UAE: It’s so important to know your family history so that you can act on it, according to Dr Zainab Abdelaziz, Specialist Oncologist, Zulekha Hospital, Sharjah.
“While receiving my chemotherapy for breast cancer I discovered that my grandmother had died of ovarian cancer. I had always thought that it was cervical cancer..”
Does it make a difference whether my grandmother had ovarian or cervical cancer? Well, yes it does because ovarian cancer can be linked to breast cancer unlike cancer of the cervix, explains the doctor.
“Not only that but knowing the age at which your grandmother developed the disease is also important thing.”
Up to 90-95 per cent of all breast cancers have nothing to do with family history, 5-10 per cent of breast cancers occur in women whose families have a gene fault that is passed down through the family and puts them at greater risk.
“The good news is that more than 8 out of 10 women who have a close relative with breast cancer will never develop it.”
When compared to the risk of the general population, you may have some increase in breast cancer risk if you have one of the following in your family:
There are lifestyle choices you can make to keep your risk of developing breast cancer ‘as low it can be’
Recommended screening guidelines include;
© Khaleej TimesApr 2013