My mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s the first one in her family who has ever gotten it. I’m healthy, 29, and receive regular check-ups. Am I at increased risk because of my mother?
Hereditary breast cancer, like all hereditary cancers, is extremely rare. I’m assuming your mother is over 50 years old. If she had developed cancer at a much earlier age, this might–and only might–indicate some sort of genetic predisposition in your family.
The fact that only one member of your family (your mother) has been diagnosed with the disease indicates it is probably not hereditary. Even if it was, the only way to determine this for certain would be through genetic testing, which is not indicated in your current situation.
Still, it’s a good idea that you continue with your regular check-ups and start having yearly mammograms when you are ten years younger than your mother was when her cancer was initially detected.