Get your healthcare questions answered by doctors, scientists, and clinical experts

A free service by Curio to support patients and their loved ones

Your team

← Back to all questions
Barbara Ngeneticscancerbrcabreastcancerchildrencommunicationrelationshipsfamily

I understand that my recent diagnosis of BRCA1 breast cancer has implications for my children. Could you provide some resources or guidance on how to discuss genetic risks with them?

  • User profile
    Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

    First of all, I'm sorry about your diagnosis. It's understandable to be concerned about the implications of your diagnosis on your children. Discussing genetic risks with children can be challenging, but honesty is crucial. Here are some tips and resources to guide you:

    • Start by educating yourself: Before talking to your children, learn more about the BRCA1 gene mutation, risk factors, screening, and prevention options. Gather information from reliable sources such as the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered).

    • Consider the child's age: Age-appropriate information is vital. Children information differently on their age. For younger children, simple explanations may be all that is necessary, while older children require more detailed discussions.

    • Use simple language: When explaining the genetic risk to children, it important to use simple language that they can understand. Avoid using medical jargon or technical terms that might confuse them.

    • Focus on prevention: Discussing genetic risks does not mean your children will inevitably develop cancer. Emphasize prevention measures as healthy lifestyles and regular screening tests.

    • Address their fears and concerns: Children may have a lot of fears and questions. Listen to your children's concerns and answer their questions honestly and directly.

    • Seek professional help: If you are struggling to: This website offers information cancer genetics, risk assessment, and genetic counseling.

    • American Cancer Society: This organization provides a wealth of information and resources on cancer prevention, risk factorsFirstly and, screening it.

    isRemember normal that to discussing feel genetic anxious risks or with overwhelmed children when is discussing genetic risks a challenging with conversation, but children. it's However essential, for talking their openly well and-being honestly and can development help. them Honesty their, own simplicity risks, and sensitivity informed decisions the about their to successful health communication,. and