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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|7/5/2011||My mother was just dx'd with breast cancer reoccurance, chest chavity mets after 18 years remission. In 1993, she had a double mastectomy as well as several lymph nodes removed. In 1989 she had a hysterectomy (cervical cancer). Her mother died at 57 of breast cancer (mets to lung/brain). My father's mother died at 42ish of breast cancer (lugs mets). I also have aunts and cousins who have had breast cancer. My sister was 'genetically tested' and she was clean. Should I be tested as well? I am 38. I have annual mammograms.|
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|7/5/2011||So sorry to hear of your mothers diagnosis. I know this must be very upsetting for everyone. Generally we test the individual with breast cancer, in this case your mother. We recommend you consult with a breast high risk specialist, who will evaluate you and your family history, both on your mother and father's side, for genetic counseling and possible testing. It is very important to receive appropriate counseling before testing. Peace, hope and strength to you and your mom.|
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