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Family history and coping with cancer patients

Before you take a medical examination, and fill out the paper work, they ask a question about whether you have a family history of cancer, therefore the risk of developing cancer increases if you have a family history with cancer, such as a parent or sibling, so even if you have a family history in one in three of immediate family, starting early regular checkups can be a quick way to prevent treat cancer.

Gastric cancer requires attention to infection of Helicobacter bacteria, and if you have a family history of stomach cancer, you have a 2.9 times risk of developing it, but if you have helicobacter bacteria, plus have a family history, incidence rate jumps to 5.3 times, if you are a smoker the danger of incidence rates are 4.9 times higher. In addition, if you have symptoms such as gastritis or stomach ulcers, you need to be tested regularly to prepare for the development of stomach cancer, and after age of 40 regular gastroscopy or angiography are recommend every two years help in preventing it.

Colorectal cancer can also be prevented and treated early with regular endoscopy, and if you have a family history with cancer, it is recommended that you test it 10 years earlier than the age of that patient.

Also, if your family member enjoys a meat-based meal, they need to switch to a vegetarian diet, and if you have an irregular sleeping pattern, getting plenty of sleep can help reduce the risk of getting colorectal adenoma, which is stage before colon cancer by 50 percent.  

In recent years, the incidence of thyroid cancer has been increased, and women are three to four times higher ratio than men. Radiation exposure is a risk factor for thyroid cancer, and if the parent has ever had thyroid cancer or follicular cancer, children also have an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer.  

In particular, if you have a family history of medullary thyroid cancer, both patients and families can test for mutations in the RET gene to reduce the risk of developing cancer with thyroid resection as a preventive measure if abnormalities are detected.

Breast and ovarian cancer are common cause of female cancer, and if breast cancer gene abnormalities are detected, take tamoxifen or pre-excision through mastectomy are recommended.

The ovarian cancer is also correlated with breast cancer and mutant genes, so risk of ovarian cancer is twice as high if you have a family history of breast cancer.

If you had a long history of pregnancy and childbirth, and breastfeeding over a long period of time can reduces the risk of developing a breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Prostate cancer is very common among men, and if you have a family history with prostate cancer, you have a very good chance of getting it as well.

An average age of 40, you should get a prostate-specific antigen test. This cancer is at a higher risk especially if you have diabetes and high blood pressure, so if you have these diseases, you can prevent prostate cancer through managing diet, exercise, and regular checkup.

Liver cancer can occur at a young age if you have chronic hepatitis B in your family, and early detection is most important as it has an 80% survival rate if found at stage1, but reduce to 20% if found in stage3.

If you have two or more immediate family who have developed pancreatic cancer before the age of 50, you should suspect pancreatic cancer runs in your family.

If a person with long-term diabetes, a sudden outbreak of diabetes even without a family history, and pre-existing diabetes worsens rapidly, it may be a warning sign of pancreatic cancer. Smoking can increase the incidence of pancreatic cancer twice as high. Getting regular ultrasound test and quit smoking can prevent pancreatic cancer.

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