Dec 5, 2017 08:36PM - edited Dec 21, 2017 02:09AM by chronicpain
As I just discovered this thread today and am new to the forum, I will chime in with a couple things:
1. It would be good to know how old people are ( if they are willing to disclose), when they post replies ( I ' ll start, I am 63). As people's life expectancies have gone up, we have been seeing more cancers, as they are living long enough for either mutations to occur, genetic predispositions to get expressed especially in middle-aged and elderly, and/or for environmental exposures to cause delayed cancer, including tobacco. Around 1900 there was not much cancer, much less dual cancer, per population statistics, as people died of other things, on average with age 47-48 life expectancy in the U.S., and life expectancy was still only around 64 in the 1930's when social security was implemented, compared with around 80 or so now. Older people like me, get more cancers, and age is a huge risk for BC. I understand I need to die of something at some point, and anticipate more problems, am just hoping to get to my 80th in decent shape :)
I have had multiple skin cancers the last few years, and since my beautiful southern CA blonde sister died of metastatic melanoma within 8 months of diagnosis, I have been preoccupied with my skin cancer treatment and monitoring, and other illnesses, and thus neglected the mammogram for 3 years, also because it hurt too much. Have neglected getting colonoscopy, may do FIT stool testing for colon CA as a compromise instead until I have healed from my BC surgery and can get wiggled around on a colonoscopy table.
I did the Color genetic testing commeneted on above, negative.
2. Are there any veterans on this forum ( or married to some?) Viet Nam vets who were in country during the war were presumptively exposed to Agent Orange, a carcinogen, and can get cancers ( and pensions) for lung cancer, head and neck cancer, prostate, bladder, and renal cancer, and various hematological malignancies. The list of service-connected cancers keeps growing. Gulf War veterans may also have been exposed to carcinogen, same with Iraq and Afghanistan ( there were more women in those wars than in Nam) and it remains unclear what if any carcinogens were there, some of the guys who were there are trying to make a case any cancer they get is related, TBD if true and which ones.
3. Other recognized risks for cancers besides genes are also important to note. I have had excess BMI around 27-28 the last 10 years (overweight category), a risk for BC, and also drank a glass of wine daily and sometimes more (it's wine country CA!) prior to diagnosis, both risks for BC, and was on estrogen for 17 years prior to diagnosis, another risk.
I also had therapies for autoimmune diseases, another risk for skin cancer at least, as was my outdoorsy, sunblock-hating behavior