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Should I be tested for genetic mutations of breast cancer?

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You may want to discuss genetic testing with your doctor if any of the following scenarios apply to you:

  • 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.
  • You 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.
  • You have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you have blood relatives who have had ovarian or breast cancer.
  • You are related to someone (male or female) who has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.
  • You 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.

From: Breast Cancer and Genetic Testing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

SOURCE: National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

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