In 1997, at the age of 47, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was devestating for everyone. I clearly remember my Mom stating that she just knew she would have breast cancer. She remembered that when her Mom was diagnosed at the age of 47 (in 1972), the doctor looked at my Mom and Aunt and said "One of you will develop breast cancer at some point." I don't think that there was much information about breast cancer treatment in 1972. My Grandma relates that no one talked about it and she was the only one that she knew that was diagnosed. That doctor was right though.
So I am a woman who's Mom, Maternal Grandma and Maternal Great Grandma all had cancer. Add in a Paternal Aunt who was also diagnosed and various other cancers within my family and you have risk factors. My Mom is negative for BRCA mutations, but clearly, this is herditary.
In April 2013 I had my third abnormal mammogram. This one resulted in an abnormal biopsy and started my part in the journey of breast cancer.