For example, breast cancer and ovarian cancer run together in families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC). Colon and endometrial cancers tend to go together in Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer, or HNPCC).
Can you have 2 different cancers at the same time?
Unfortunately a person can be diagnosed with two different types of primary cancer. This might be at different times in their life, or more unusually at the same time. I appreciate it can be hard to come to terms with one diagnosis, so having news about two different diagnoses must be quite overwhelming.
Which cancers can be hereditary?
Some cancers that can be hereditary are:
- Breast cancer.
- Colon cancer.
- Prostate cancer.
- Ovarian cancer.
- Uterine cancer.
- Melanoma (a type of skin cancer)
- Pancreatic cancer.
Are cancers preventable?
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, but many kinds of cancer can be prevented or caught early. Leading risk factors for preventable cancers are smoking, getting too much UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds, being overweight or having obesity, and drinking too much alcohol.
How common is it to have multiple cancers?
Depending on the definition, overall reported frequency of multiple primary cancers varies between 2.4% and 17%. Underlying causes for multiple primary cancers may include host and lifestyle-related factors, environmental and genetic factors and treatment related factors.
How common is it to have two primary cancers?
The incidence of multiple primaries in a cancer population varies between 2.4% and 8%, up to 17% within 20 years of follow-up (table 2).
What are secondary cancers?
Secondary cancers are the same type of cancer as the original (primary) cancer. For example, cancer cells may spread from the breast (primary cancer) to form new tumors in the lung (secondary cancer). The cancer cells in the lung are just like the ones in the breast. Also called secondary tumor.
Does cancer run in family genes?
Most cancers develop as a result of a combination of risk factors, which in some cases can include family history. Some types of cancer are less likely to be genetic, such as cervical cancer and lung cancer.