Re: is paternal grandmother a concern?
The risks of breast cancer are greater in first degree relatives such as mother or sister. The research is showing that father's side of family can carry the gene that effects breast cancer in families. But, remember, that cancer can be detected in people whose families do not have any specific history of breast cancer. There is a measurable trend for breast cancer in families with history of colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer. The statistics are not reliable because human beings contribute a lot to their own health or lack of it. The other problem with statistics is that they are usually gathered in order to produce data for funding purposes. So, if they are trying to get funding for research the data for people dying from breast cancer may be biased in order to get more money. Same thing if the data is trying to show success rates for treatment. The digital mamogram is simply a new technique from the computer age, just like the digital camera at home. In medical studies it does enhance diagnostic abilities in dense breast tissue, followed by sonogram for verification. Nothing is different about the exam that a person experiences except that the better the images are the less pulling and tugging has to be done. That is a relief in itself.