Several things can run in the family, including an increased risk of developing cancer. Though it’s not exactly the cancer that gets passed down the family tree, but rather a gene mutation that is often the culprit in cases of inherited cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

In honor of this year’s Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week, Everyday Health hosted a Let’s Talk about Hereditary Cancer Twitter Chat, where experts, patients, and advocates answered our questions on gene mutation, how to talk about it with family, misconceptions surrounding hereditary cancer risk, and more.

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