Question 5#

Which of the following factors are suggestive of a hereditary cancer? 

a. Tumor development at a younger than normal age
b. Presence of bilateral disease
c. Association with paraneoplastic syndrome
d. Presence of multiple primary malignancies

Correct Answer is C


The following factors may suggest the presence of a hereditary cancer:

  1. Tumor development at a much younger age than usual.
  2. Presence of bilateral disease.
  3. Presence of multiple primary malignancies.
  4. Presentation of a cancer in the less affected sex ( eg, male breast cancer).
  5. Clustering of the same cancer type in relatives.
  6. Occurrence of cancer in association with other conditions such as mental retardation or pathognomonic skin lesions.