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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
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3/14/2016I was diagnosed in summer of 2012 at the age of 44 with ER+ Stage 1 DCIS which had attributes of micro-invasion and nuclear grade III. I was tested for BRCA and the test came back negative. I went thru lumpectomy followed by radiation and was put on tamoxifen for 5 years. In spring of 2013 I went thru TAHBSO surgery to remove my uterus, ovaries, cervix etc. because of a complex ovarian cyst and fibroid in uterus.
During my last visit for a manual breast exam the nurse said I should go for genetic testing because I was diagnosed at age 44. She said that genetic testing has evolved a whole lot beyond just the BRCA test.
Question- I am now 48 and will be on tamoxifen till fall of 2017. I feel fine so I am struggling with the decision to go for genetic testing or not. At age 50 I will have a colonoscopy and given that my uterus and ovaries have been removed is there any value in going thru genetic testing in 2016?
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3/17/2016there is new genetic testing available that likely is what she was referring to. it would impact your breast health actually. if you carried a gene mutation then some women do bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction. Additionally if you have siblings or children then 50% of them would also carry the same gene mutation.

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