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BRCA gene
sherm80 posted:
I'm adding to another question that hasn't been answered yet, and that is, my dad (when in mid70s) had breast cancer (treated successfully with radiation). I hear alot about that BRCA gene, should I get tested for that gene mutation possibility, or is that just creating undue anxiety. I normally get annual mammos, anyway. My doctor never seems too concerned with the fact that my dad had bc, so just curious your thoughts on the subject.
Also, I know he had some female relatives that dealt with some sort of cancers, but for me, they would be like second cousins, great aunts, etc. Is THAT to be aware of also? Mom's relatives were pretty clear!!
rachael67 responded:
The BRAC gene is only one that is known to have a familial connection to breast cancer. Although no others have yet been identified, doctors are quick to point out the liklihood is great that others will be found. And even the BRAC gene is not necessarily a guarantee of getting cancer...It merely increases the chances, and you can be watched more closely.

So, would it be a good idea to have the test? I can't really answer that, but since your Dad did have the disease, I sure would want to talk with a genetics expert and find out what he/she might say.

If it is decided that it isn't necessary, make sure you get good check-ups. Regular mammograms might be a very good idea as well.

You need some answers so that you do not have this hanging over you all the time. Please ask those in the know. You will be in our thoughts. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!

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