Is family history of breast cancer important?

Yes. While only 5 to 10% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history, it is important to know your family's history of cancer, if any, both on your mother's side and your father's side. Women with at least one close family relative (mother, sister or daughter) should start a screening program with a breast specialist when they are ten years younger than their relative's age at diagnosis, but usually not before 20 years old.

Topic: 
Early Detection and Diagnosis