Father's role in breast cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/25/10

Father's role in breast cancer

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Jordyn Nelson

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – When women are asked about their family history for breast cancer, they often think of the health of their sister, mother or grandmother.

However, new research suggests fathers play just as big a role. Canadian researchers say fathers are as likely as mothers to pass on the breast cancer gene, yet many doctors and patients don't think about dad's family history.

The study in the journal, Lancet Oncology, says women with a maternal history of breast cancer were five times more likely to be referred to a breast cancer clinic than women whose father had breast cancer in his family.

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