Question

Hi I had stage three cervical cancer currently clear two years , will I be more prone to breast cancer now that I have had cervical cancer.

Thank you Best regards 

  • Hi CherylJ,

     

    Thanks for getting in touch with us at Macmillan. I am very pleased to hear that you are now two years clear from your diagnosis of cervical cancer and I can appreciate wanting to understand a little more about your future risks.

    In the UK, it is thought that 99.8% of cervical cancers are caused by the HPV virus. This virus will cause a change in the cells of the cervix, and these changes can eventually develop into a cancer.

    There’s currently not enough research around HPV virus and the risk of developing breast cancer. There are some small studies which suggest there may be a link however, much more research is needed in this area before we can draw any conclusions from it.

    I’m sorry that the answer isn’t a straightforward yes or no. I’m afraid it is difficult to comment on your personal risk without access to your notes. You may want to consider having a chat with your specialist nurse or doctor about your risk.

     

    Best wishes,

    Hayley, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

     

    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email. 

     

    Ref/LB