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Re: Genetic testing

Hi Lanie,
I\'m so sorry to hear about your family history, and that you have had breast cancer.
Re: your question on males being tested there isn\'t any screening for them as far as I know, even if they are considered high risk. My brother is at high risk but he will not have any screening of any kind, as they don\'t routinely screen men apparently. I start screening in 4 years time when I am 35, but he won\'t have anything, which I find to be very strange.
If your sister tests positive for a breast cancer gene, it does mean that all the family members at risk can be tested, although I think your daughter is too young at the moment. Also she will be eligible for early screening, which is usually five years before the youngest member is diagnosed. My aunt was 40 when she was diagnosed so I start screening when I\'m 35.

If I can help with anything else please let me know
kind regards
Justine

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Genetic testing I have a strong history of breast cancer in my family and at the moment my sister is considering genetic testing. I enquired about this test around the time my other sister was diagosed 18 years ago. I was advised If I did have my breasts removed because I carried the gene what then if it went elsewhere, like my ovaries. Because I took this advice and decided against having the test I too am now suffering from breast cancer, I had no real warning, no lump to feel etc. I just happened to go to the doctor because I was having regular night flushes and later on a constant pain under the top of my ribs. Eventually I asked to be refered to a specialist my own doctor and the specialist could feel nothing until an ultrasound scan revealed all. I have since had a bilateral masectomy and an oompy. I only wish that I had been strong enough to have that test many years ago. I have two sons 21,18 and a 14 year old daughter whom I am very worried for, does anyone know if it is common for males to be tested? I would be very interested to find out? Thanks for reading

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Genetic testing