But I have no family history of breast cancer!

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Joan Lunden

Breast Cancer Home / / October 05, 2014


When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was surprised, because I had no family history and being a health and wellness advocate I was living a healthy lifestyle. Many women I've been hearing from had similar reactions when they were diagnosed based on this myth that family history and your chances of getting breast cancer are very connected, but the National Breast Cancer Foundation shares that most women who have breast cancer have no family history. See below:

The Myth:

If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer, too.

The Truth:

While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease. Read more.

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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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