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Fathers play equal role in breast cancer history

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- When women are asked about their family history for breast cancer, they often think of the health of their sister, mother or grandmother.

But now new research suggests fathers play just as big a role.

Canadian researchers say fathers are as likely as mothers to pass on the breast cancer gene, yet many doctors and patients dismiss paternal family history.

They found women with a maternal history of breast cancer were five times more likely to be referred to a breast cancer clinic.

They say health care providers need to weigh a patient's family history equally.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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