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Should I be tested for genetic mutations of breast cancer?

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You may want to ask your doctor about genetic testing if you:

  • Have two or more blood relatives -- mother, sister, aunt, cousin, or daughter -- with pre-menopausal breast cancer or ovarian cancer diagnosed at any age.
  • Have been diagnosed with breast cancer, especially if it was diagnosed before you reached menopause, and also have a blood relative with breast or ovarian cancer, or if you have cancer in both breasts.
  • Have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you have blood relatives who have had ovarian or breast cancer.
  • Are related to a male or female who has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.
  • Are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and you have blood relatives who have had breast or ovarian cancer, or you have had breast or ovarian cancer.

SOURCE:
National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 9, 2019

SOURCE:
National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 9, 2019

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