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Predisposed to cancer?

By Anonymous October 30, 2011 - 3:19pm
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Having had breast cancer ,skin cancer (basal cell) and pre-cancerous cell changes anal canal, do you think i am predisposed to cancer?

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Hi Anon,

Based on your previous history of cancer, you do have predisposed factors of cancer. But just because you are predisposed to Cancer, doesn't mean that you will have cancer. There are certain factors such as genetics, age, sex, race, and family history which you cannot change. However, any lifestyle factors such as physical activity, weight, smoking, hormone therapy, etc. are factors that can be changed.

As someone who has had her fair share of different types of cancer, the single best thing other than making any necessary lifestyle changes is to always keep your doctor appointments, and note any changes to your health so that you can inform your doctor(s) right away.

Wishing you the best,


October 31, 2011 - 7:19am
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I also have had breast cancer (recurring), basil cell skin cancer (4 surgeries with one being major with a live skin graft). lumpectomy rads. and chemo the first round of breast cancer and then a mastectomy and will start on chemo again in a week or so. I know you can find out if you have the breast cancer gene, but I dont know if they think there is a connection between skin cancers and breast cancer. I myself have chosen not to be tested for the gene and will just deal with it as it comes. I dont know about the anal tests although I do know if you have the breast cancer gene your chances of getting ovarian cancer go up quite a bit.

October 30, 2011 - 4:19pm
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