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Family history

Having a strong family history of breast cancer

Women with a strong family history of breast cancer are encouraged to start breast screening from the age of 40.

A woman is said to have a strong family history if she has one of the following:

  • a first-degree relative (mother/sister/daughter, father/brother/son) with breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 50
  • a first-degree relative with cancer in both breasts (diagnosed at any age)
  • two or more first-degree relatives with breast cancer (diagnosed at any age).

We recommend that you discuss your individual circumstances with your GP.

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