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5/4/2016Hi Lillie,
Veteran of your website,still in remission but METS. Self BC Her 2 ++( 2x) age 65, sib BC Her 2 +-age 54.
MIL age 94 had BC ( lumpectomy?) about 40 years ago. I have a daughter age 28. What are her chances since on both sides, but uncommon in both families. When should she do additional testing?
Which type of genetic test is most useful? What type of genetic counseling?

Her first cousin ( half African American) dx with BC with an aggressive but treatable BC. Maybe triple neg....Some of my first cousins also dx with other types of cancer but all grew up in industrial areas, children of smokers. My daughter grew up in the mid atlantic.
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5/4/2016Glad to hear you are doing well dear. You should consider getting genetically evaluated and tested. by doing so, her risk in the future is calculated at the same time for you. if you carry a gene then her risk of a gene is 50%. MIL being a second degree relative doesn't impact her for the most part. its your side with 2 women that does. At this point it would still be fine for her to begin mammography at age 40. if you test positive for a gene though, then that would change things and she might want to be tested when she feels mentally ready to know. let her know that research progress is happening every day and will be there for her if and when she were to ever need it.

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