Impact of familial breast cancer risk on young girls
Full article: https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article-abstract/136/5/927/33763/Psychosocial-Adjustment-in-School-age-Girls-With-a?redirectedFrom=fulltext
Does growing up in a family that is at high risk for breast cancer affect young girls? Recent research found girls from families with BRCA mutations and/or a strong family history of cancer to be as well adjusted as peers of the same age. The one difference was that girls from families facing breast cancer risk had more stress related to breast cancer than their peers. While these findings are reassuring, parents know their children best, and they should ask for help if they believe their daughters are not coping well. (11/03/2015)
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- How do I tell my children that they may be at higher risk for breast cancer/may carry a BRCA mutation?
- At what age should I tell my daughter that she may carry a BRCA mutation?
- At what age should I tell my son that he may carry a BRCA mutation?
- What signs should I be aware of that indicate my children may not be coping well with information about breast cancer risk?
- My child is showing signs of stress since we discussed cancer risk—are their resources to help him/her?
- Can you refer me to a child psychologist who has experience working with hereditary cancer families?
FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.