Watch Dr. Harness discuss breast cancer and explain if it is more common for it to run in families.
If I could answer the question, “Why you have cancer?” I would invite you to join me to accept my Nobel Prize. I wish I could. Someday we will know the answer to that question.
Typically, in most cancers there is not a family history. In fact, the incidence of positive family history, depending on whose series you review, runs in the neighborhood of 7% sometimes maybe up to 9% or 10 %. So it is actually more common not to have a family history, particularly in breast cancer.
About Dr. Harness. M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
View Dr. Harness Videos: