I was diagnosed with LCIS six years ago and Invasive Lobular Cancer four years ago. I had a lumpectomy with the LCIS and then a bi lateral mastectomy with the invasive four years ago. I have tried all the drugs and have had significant side effects, so I was unable to take them all, starting with Tamoxifen and trying Letrozole and Arimidex. I chose the bi lateral mastectomy because my LCIS was in my left breast and the invasive was in the right. I'm hopeful that will reduce my risk but the statistics don't always show that these days. I did not have to do radiation or chemo as my nodes were clear. I was 56 years old when I had the bi lateral. I was post menopausal. Thought I'd share that to go with the stats above.
Just this past November I had a scare with cellulitis from my lymphedema (with only one node removed in surgery, unlucky I guess) and it moved quickly to sepsis. I am recovering from that mess now AND while in recovery….my Mom, who is 83 was diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ)….I was the first person in my family for generations to have breast cancer, so I wouldn't think there was any genetic connection but now with my Mom (?)….however hers is ductal. My sister did die of lung cancer however about 9 years ago. I believe cancer is sometimes linked to family/genetics but more likely to environment and I think ours is consistently more polluted (but I have no real scientific basis for that).
Hugs to all