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5/21/2016Thanks so much for the prompt response to my question about b-rst and genetic testing. You say that I shouldn't be tested for BRCA, but how should I be followed? I am uncomfortable with the fact that my grandmother was diagnosed with BC at 40 (and died) and there are at least two other women on that side of the family who have had BC (although it is a large family). You're right that the nearest to me is my grandmother (the other two in relation to me would be a great aunt and a great great aunt). But I worry about my mom...she has a mother with young BC, a maternal aunt with BC (stage 0) at 85, and a great aunt with BC at an unknown age. She should be tested, right? It's worth noting I guess that no one in her generation (there are at least 8 or 9 women, all in 60s), nor in my generation (probably 15 of us, oldest ones early 40s) have had BC. I just worry for her and think she's in denial because her maternal grandmother lived to be 100. I would love to send her to your clinic and she doesn't live far away!
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5/21/2016Your mom can get a genetics evaluation. given the number of siblings she has and that your family in general is large, your grandmother's diagnosis doesn't become very significant for you. thank goodness.

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