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Prostate cancer: A close look at the family tree

Karen Miller
Prostate cancer: A close look at the family tree
Tom’s family tree may indicate a family history of prostate cancer. Particularly striking is that his paternal grandmother had breast cancer; his father had both prostate and pancreatic cancer; and his sister has ovarian cancer at a young age. Tom will probably be advised to start screenings at a younger age.

Adding a medical history to your family tree can reveal valuable information that may help you make decisions about your own health.

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If your family history suggests the existence of a hereditary cancer, you might consider genetic testing, which will help determine a course of treatment. For instance, screenings can be started at an earlier age. Preventive surgery is another option. Keep in mind that a positive test does not guarantee that you will get cancer. It indicates increased risk. Nor does a negative result protect you from cancer. It means that your risk is average and similar to that of the general public.

Tom’s family tree may indicate a family history of prostate cancer. Particularly striking is that his paternal grandmother had breast cancer; his father had both prostate and pancreatic cancer; and his sister has ovarian cancer at a young age. Tom will probably be advised to start screenings at a younger age.

Tips to get you started

Include at least three generations if possible

Note the relative’s age at diagnosis and the type of cancer

Note the age and cause of death

Watch for cancers that occur in more than one relative

Look for cancers that occur at an earlier age than expected

Look for multiple cancers in the same individual

Look for unusual cancers, such as breast cancer in men

To develop your family history online, visit: phgkb.cdc.gov/FHH

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