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8/20/2016My sister was dx age 52 w/IDC Stage 2A, I was recently dx w/ DCIS, age 54, and will undergo lumpectomy next week. We were both premenopausal at time of dx. No other family hx of BC except distant cousins on my mother's side. Grandmother dx with ovarian cx in her mid 80's, aunt w/ pancreatic cx in her early 70's. Should we be having genetic testing done? Concerned about risk for younger sisters, daughters, and granddaughters.
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8/22/2016YES, genetics evaluation is very important for you. this is painting a picture of possibly carrying the BRCA2 gene mutation-- ovarian, breast, pancreatic (and melanoma) are all linked on that gene. once tested, if positive for the mutation then your sisters and daughters should next consider meeting with the genetics counselor. it is important that family members are mentally ready for getting testing done. its a big decision. some feel guilty if they test negative. some feel angry if they test positive. everyone must be of legal age to be tested too.

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