Aug 21, 2017 · The most common second cancer in survivors of breast cancer is another breast cancer. The new cancer can occur in the opposite breast, as well as in the same breast for women who were treated with breast-conserving surgery (such as a lumpectomy). Cancers linked to genetic factors.Last Revised: August 21, 2017.
Second primary diagnosis. Anyone who has had breast cancer in one breast has a slightly higher risk of developing a new primary breast cancer. People who developed breast cancer because of inheriting an altered gene also have an increased risk of a new cancer. A second primary diagnosis refers to a new cancer.
Still, breast cancer recurrence does happen. Even if the original breast cancer doesn't come back, your risk of developing a new, second breast cancer in the same or opposite breast is much higher than average. Sticking to an aggressive screening plan is the best way to make sure that any breast cancer is diagnosed early, when it's most treatable.
Breast cancer survivors can be affected by a number of health problems, but often a major concern is facing cancer again. Cancer that comes back after treatment is called a recurrence. But some cancer survivors develop a new, unrelated cancer later. This is called a second cancer. Women who have had breast cancer can get any type of second.
Jan 26, 2009 · Women who have had breast cancer are at "high risk" for another breast cancer, "but 'high' is a relative term," notes Victor Vogel, MD, the American Cancer Author: Miranda Hitti.