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1/23/2018My maternal aunt had breast cancer at age 60 and died at 64. My grandmother had breast cancer at age 93 but died from complications of the flu at 94. My mom had mammograms religiously and they never found her bc. I did! Sent her to the Dr. at age 75. I don't know what kind any of them had. But my mom was cancer free 9 months after diagnosis of stage 4. Never returned but she died from CHF ( she had heart condition since she was 14) at 89 1/2 yrs. Do I need to be tested? I just turned 60. I also have 2 daughters, age 38 & 34. Eldest had her first child at 33. My youngest doesn't plan to have any kids. Do they need to be tested too? None had their first period before the age of 14 and menopause was at age 51/52 for me & grandmother & aunt except my mom who had a hysterectomy from many benign tumors causing heavy bleeding. My moms other sister has nothing. All of my 8 cousins don't have bc.
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1/24/2018Typically, we would test the patient with breast cancer first. Certainly, you have significant family history, however, breast cancers that are caused by a gene mutation (BRCA) tend to show up in much younger women than your relatives. You can always ask your doctor for a referral for genetic testing, however, not sure whether your insurance will pay for it. As far as your daughters, if you get tested and don't carry the gene, doubtful they would unless they inherited it from their father's side.

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