Breast cancer also passed on father's side?

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Question from MarkH: Can breast cancer be passed on from father to daughter if there has been some history in the family on the father's side?
Answers - Lynn Schuchter Yes, absolutely. We used to think only the mother's family history was relevant. The 2 breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 can be passed from the mother's or the father's side, so a father's family history of cancer is totally relevant. So yes, hereditary breast cancer can be passed from the father's side. There is a greater risk of prostate cancer in families with BRCA mutations, and also male breast cancer is seen in the BRCA2 mutation families. So when doctors ask for family history of cancer, we want information from both your mother and father.
Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. Great points! Thank you very much.

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