Can you Inherit Cancer from your family? What are the signs?

by | Jan 26, 2023 | Cancer Awareness

Family..! Most precious thing in the world. It not only offers unconditional love but also support and secure us to get through the most disastrous times as well as best times. However some conditions would not be thought-of as inheritance of life threatening diseases. Talking of inheritance of cancer (Passing cancer genes from one generation to another)is caused by the presence of specific mutated genes in a patient’s egg or sperm cell in a distinct pattern. Otherwise cancer itself can’t be passed down from parents to children. Answer to the question of whether cancer can be inherited from the family is YES.. Cancer sometimes appears to run in families.Studies showed up to 10% of all cancers may be caused by inherited genetic changes.

What are signs and how to avoid risk?

Cancer Diagnosis
Usually the first sign of cancer can be fatigue and extreme tiredness that doesn’t get better with rest. Some warning signs of cancer may include;
  • Loss of appetite.
  • New persistent pain.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Changes in bowel habits.
  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge.
  • Lump in breast or elsewhere.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.

How can screening help?

Genetic testing is a reliable way to find your risk. Everyone dont need genetic testing for cancer risk. These tests can help families with a cancer history of close relatives.Your doctor will help you to decide whether you need these tests. Genetic testing involves examining your DNA, the chemical database that carries instructions for your body metabolism. At the same time it can reveal mutations (changes in your genes) that may cause cancer. Dr. Sachin Marda at Yashoda hospital recommends you to collect family history and understand your risk of cancer to detect it in early stages.
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About Dr.Sachinmarda

"Dr. Sachin Marda is one of the best top leading award-winning renowned oncologists in Hyderabad and in India. He has 14 years of experience and treated more than 11000 patients till date. He completed his MS general surgery from Mumbai University in 2005 with a Gold medal and MCH Surgical Oncology in Gujarat University in 2009 with a First rank. He is also trained in UK with MRCS and in NCCS Singapore. He offers ethical, affordable complete cancer treatment with a holistic approach. He is specialised in all types of cancer treatment with laparoscopic, and robotic surgery. He has an extraordinary team with excellent knowledge in chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted immunotherapy. His expertees in oral, stomach, breast. uterine, lung, prostate cancer"

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