Does this make me more likely to have cancer?

Question by Thank God I’m Atheist: Does this make me more likely to have cancer?
So, my family has a large history of cancer…on my Dad’s side, my Uncle had testicular cancer and my Grandma had breast cancer. My step-grandma (I know, irrelevant) has pancreatic cancer and so does basically everyone blood related to her. On my mom’s side, my great uncle had brain cancer, my aunt has melanoma, and my mom has cervical cancer. Was I just screwed with genetics when it comes to cancer?

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Answer by Waffle Dolphin
Your families cancer history will give you large watermelon sized testicles and size triple z boobs.

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    Tarkarri May 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

    None of those cancers are related and would not be considered to put you at any more than average risk.

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    lo_mcg May 10, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Hereditary cancer is rare – fewer than 10% of all cancer cases are hereditary; cancer diagnosed after the age of 50 is even less likely to be hereditary.

    You don’t inherit a general tendency to get cancer, and there’s no general ‘cancer gene’; on the information you’ve given here – a number of second- and third- degree relatives, many unrelated to each other, having had different types of cancer – you are at no increased risk of any cancer.

    An indication that cancer MIGHT (only might) be hereditary within a family is where several members of the same side of that family have had the same type of cancer, especially if some developed it at a younger than usual age. Cervical cancer is no more likely than other cancers to be hereditary

    Two of my grandparents and both my parents had cancer; so did my aunt, uncle and two cousins. No members of my immediate or extended family have ever been considered at increased risk of the cancers they had, and of my parents’ 6 children – all now in our 50s and 60s – I am the only one who has developed cancer, and mine too was non-hereditary and unrelated to theirs.

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    april May 10, 2013 at 1:44 am

    There is no familial link to any of the cancers and the step family, yeah, irrelevant.

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