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In menopause, have constant hard cyst below breast plate. Family history of breast cancer. Is further investigation appropriate?

hi i am a 50 year old women who has a history of breast cancer on my maternal side, mother, grandmother, and have a small hard cyst just belowmy breast plate in the middle I have had it for about 2 months, and my docter said she thought it was a cyst( starts with an s i think) but when i showed it to my mom, she said that is what she had, and when they removed it there was a mass under neath it and they took both her breasts ( that was 30 some years ago) should i look into this further? I am in menopause , have stopped menstrating and other wise in good health
Asked On : Tue, 29 May 2012
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Dear Jax,

My personal feeling is you better to meet a consultant surgeon for further investigation as you are in high risk group with strong family history.

Breast cancer risk is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease.

Having one first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman's risk. Having 2 first-degree relatives increases her risk about 3-fold.

The exact risk is not known, but women with a family history of breast cancer in a father or brother also have an increased risk of breast cancer. Altogether, less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means that most (over 85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.
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