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Doctor insights on: Brca Test Results

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34yr old sister had a brca test done.Her results came back as positive for one copy of c.6937+594t> g mutation in brca 2 gene.What does this mean?

34yr old  sister had a brca test done.Her results came back as positive for one copy of  c.6937+594t> g mutation in brca 2 gene.What does this mean?

? deleterious, now U: The testing report should specify if this is a "deleterious" mutation. If it is, then it is present throughout all her breast tissue increasing her risk of a second/subsequent breast cancer. It also confers a significant risk of ovarian cancer. As a 1st degree relative, you would have a 50% chance of carrying the same mutation and should be tested for this specific mutation. ...Read more

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What are some things doctors look for in a brca test and what are its ramifications?

What are some things doctors look for in a brca test and what are its ramifications?

Mutation=cancer risk: People with mutations in the brca1 or brca2 gene are at higher risk of developing certain cancers. With a mutation, the lifetime risk of breast cancer is 41 to 90%, and ovarian cancer is 8 to 62%. Pancreatic and prostate cancer are more common as well. If you are a woman and test positive, you will have to consider having your ovaries and breasts removed. Genetic counseling is key! ...Read more

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Can I test myself for brca without going to the doctor?

Can I test myself for brca without going to the doctor?

No: It's not the test that's the big deal, it's what one does with the information. Understanding what a positive and negative test means and what the decision options based on each are something that should be discussed and planned for before testing is sent. Without knowing family genetic status a neg. Test may not mean much. Thus, testing should start with an affected indiv. 1st if possible. ...Read more

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If a brca 1-2 test comes back positive, is a bilateral mastectomy the best option?

If a brca 1-2 test comes back positive, is a bilateral mastectomy the best option?

Risk reduction: The "best" option is a personal choice. Options to lower breast cancer risk for patients with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation include: -bilateral mastectomy which removes most but not all of the breast cells, and reduces risk the most (by 90-95%) -breast MRI and mammogram does not reduce risk but finds breast cancer early when it is more treatable -chemoprevention to prevent getting breast cancer ...Read more

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What does angelina jolie's brca test, double mastectomy and oophorectomy mean for the average woman?

What does angelina jolie's brca test, double mastectomy and oophorectomy mean for the average woman?

For the AVERAGE...: ...Risk woman, it should create awareness about: getting routine screening, knowing your family history well, and living a healthy lifestyle. It should not: make people want genetic tests without reason or make women ask for mastectomies out of fear. Of course, it is important to know if your risk is average or high in order to make the right decisions. Talk to your gyn about this. ...Read more

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Is brca genetic testing a simple blood test?

Is brca genetic testing a simple blood test?

Yes: BRCA testing can be performed from either blood or saliva. A significant amount of DNA needs to be present for adequate testing so most companies require more than a finger stick blood draw. Usually a single blood tube containing 3 ccs of blood is adequate ...Read more

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Please i need help...i want to know the cost of brca gene mutation ? And does the test found in all the countaries

Please i need help...i want to know the cost of brca gene mutation ? And does the test found in all the countaries

Variably expensive: These are very expensive tests and they are not necessary or indicated unless you have a close family history of breast cancer. Even then, having the mutation does not mean that you will definitely have cancer. Better to do annual mammograms and self exams. The tests are available in the US and many other countries but not everywhere and may cost US$2000-4000 ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of getting the brca breast genetic test, if you are just curious about your risks?

What are the pros and cons of getting the brca breast genetic test, if you are just curious about your risks?

$$$$: First and foremost, it is not a good idea to get brca tested if you do not have a strong family history of breast +/-ovarian ca, since the probability is very low and insurance will not cover this ~$3000 test. If you do qualify, it is wise to understand your options if you are brca(+) before the test--there is no point in knowing this if you do not feel comfortable with the options at present. ...Read more

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No one on family has any type of cancer except one great aunt breast cancer @ 71 I am Ashkenazic Jew should I get brca test?

No one on family has any type of cancer except one great aunt breast cancer @ 71 I am Ashkenazic Jew should I get brca test?

What will do with: the result? Given your family history, you are not likely to have BRCA gene. However, before getting tested, you need to ask yourself, what will you do with the results? Will you get bilateral mastectomy if it is positive? For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Hi, can you recommend a company that can test me for the brca 1 and 2, that offers international service? My mother died from ovarian cancer at age 57

Hi, can you recommend a company that can test me for the brca 1 and 2, that offers international service? My mother died from ovarian cancer at age 57

Not that simple: Just your mother's ovarian cancer is not enough to qualify, for genetic screening. Have to meet other criteria myriad genetic lab has patent on brca i & ii testing , through your doctor out side usa can be tested , by contacting mblom@myriod.Com and it is expensive ( most of med insurances will not cover ). ...Read more