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Prostate Cancer Family History May Increase Women’s Risk for Breast Cancer

May 28, 2017

Cancer is the classification of diseases which is characterized by uncontrollable growth of the cells. There are more than a hundred various kinds of cancer and each one is being classified according to the type of cell which is initially affected. Cancer causes harm to the body especially during the uncontrollable division of damaged cells in order to form the masses or lumps of tissues that are known as tumors. However, this is not true with leukemia wherein the cancer has prohibition of function of the normal blood by the abnormal division of cell in the blood stream.

During the early stages of cancer, there may show no symptoms however a malignant tumor will eventually grow big which is enough for its detection. The continued growth of the cell causes pressure on the nerves leading to the production of pain. It penetrates the blood vessels which cause the bleeding. Also, it interferes with the function of the system or body organ. It is essential to have recognition of the early warning signs of cancer so that necessary interventions can be done the earliest possible time.

Below are the seven warning signs of cancer:

• change in the bladder or bowel habits
• a sore which does not heal
• unusual hemorrhage or discharges
• thickening or having lump in the testicles, breast, or anywhere else
• indigestion or having swallowing difficulties
• obvious change in the shape, color, size, or thickness of a mole, mouth sore, or wart
• nagging cough or having a hoarse voice

One of the most common types of cancer occurring in women is the breast cancer, which is a kind of cancer developing from the breast tissue. There are a lot of risk factors causing this type of cancer and one of which is due to family history. This is most common especially in women having first-degree relatives who have the disease. A new study has shown that the risk is increased when the first-degree relative has cancer of the prostate.

According to the study, women whose brother, father, or son have experienced having prostate cancer could have fourteen percent higher risk for the development of breast cancer. For women having a family history of the two kinds of cancer, they have seventy-eight percent higher risk to develop cancer of the breast. In addition, the association of risks with familial history of prostate cancer and breast cancer is greater in black women compared to the white women.

The researchers have tended to see a stronger familial history of cancer of the breast among women who have been diagnosed at younger ages. It is important that the physicians must have consideration with the family history of prostate cancer in addition to breast cancer prior to the making of any recommendation regarding screening. There has been a suggestion that a relatively small part of the prostate cancer cases which have been diagnosed in families having breast or ovarian cancer are linked to the genes or environmental exposures explaining the clustering.