Prostate and breast cancer are linked
August 27, 2021
"It is your right to decide who to tell, but some people you have a duty to tell.”
Your family members lives have now changed. They now have a family history of prostate cancer, and their risk of being diagnosed with cancer has increased.
It is well known that male relatives’ risk increases with a positive diagnosis, but did you know female family members are also affected?
They deserve to know what could be affecting them.
Who is at risk?
Your biological male relatives are the ones that are now at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Although it is good to let your cousins and your uncles know, the first place to begin is with these family members.
What do they need to know?
There is two simple things they need to know. Their risk has now increased, and they should be getting tested with experts and specialists who understand this increased risk.
How much has their risk increased?
They now have a higher risk than the population average. Their risk could nearly double the population average if they have a family history of breast cancer as well.
A family history of prostate cancer increases the risk of direct female relatives being diagnosed with breast cancer by about 14%. A family history of prostate and breast cancer increases this risk by almost 80%.
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How can they get tested?
Breast cancer testing is done via a mammogram. The Australian Government sponsors a breast screening program for Australian women over the age of 40. This makes the mammogram free.
Women who are 50-74 will be invited into the program, but any woman 40 or over is eligible for a free mammogram.
What should I say?
This is a tough conversation, so we’ve prepared a letter that you can edit and share. Enter your details and we’ll send you this letter.
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