Breast cancer triggers issues in teen years?

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Question from LC: What issues do you think may be triggered during adolescence for a son whose mother had breast cancer when he was very young?
Answers - Joan Hermann If the mother is well and this experience is well behind the family, there's probably not much to worry about. The son, as he gets older, may be more sensitive. If he gets married —if he has relationships with women—he might be more sensitive to health issues, but I wouldn't expect any long term negative stuff.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Adolescence can be a difficult time for boys and girls, and this is a time when they may need their moms the most. And at those times, they may feel a little bit vulnerable if Mom's health is in question.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Kids and Mom's Breast Cancer featured Joan Hermann, L.S.W. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about talking to your kids about breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2000.

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