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Can You Do Prenatal Testing For Breast Cancer
Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more
Depends: If you have a valid reason to be tested-first degree family members, breast cancer under age of 50, others in family with brca positive test (to name a few)-then it should be covered by your insurance carrier. Depending on your insurance plan and deductible, there may not be any out of pocket cost. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: If in doubt go to a genetics counselor - most cancer centers have one. The consultation is not expensive, but the test itself is. They will ask about your age, the exact numbers of family members affected, their age at diagnosis, whether one or both breasts, their relationship to you (mother, sister, or daughter increase your personal risk), other cancers in the family. Then they can advise you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Many people have a distant relative who had breast cancer late in life and that is not an indication for brca testing. There are certain criteria like very young breast cancer, male breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer before age 60, and others. Visit your family doc or gyn to see if you need a referral to a genetics health professional for testing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Knowledge is Power: The brca test is a simple (tho, very expensive) blood test to determine if one carries the risk of developing the hereditary form of breast (& ovarian) cancer. Affected people have a 50%chance of passing this on to their children. If the test is (-), this can be very reassuring; if (+), one may choose to be proactive and undergo prophylactic (preventive) mastectomies and oophorectomies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cheap compared to...: If the diagnosis is missed, the price is your life. Period. If you have a dominant mass in your breast, get seen. We're all trapped in the same dysfunctional health care system, but we're here for those who can pay, and those who cannot. ...Read more
At what age should you be screened for breast cancer or cervical cancer if grandmother and aunt had each at early age in 30s/40s? Brca testing?;
See genetics: Early age breast cancer might signal an inherited gene mutation such as the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, for which screening would begin around the age of 25. See a geneticist to assess risk for an inherited cancer syndrome. Cervical cancer screening begins by age 21. Family history may be a sign of shared environmental or lifestyle factors but inherited risk unlikely; tell your GYN the family history. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My grandmother had breast cancer and my grandfather passed from sarcoma both before the age of 40 (both dad's side) Would I benefit from BRCA testing?
Yes: Having a second degree relative like a grandmother with breast cancer before the age of 40 is a red flag for possible BRCA. If your grandmother is living then she could be tested. If not, then your mother or father could be tested depending on which side of the family. If they do not have the gene then they cannot pass it on to you. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For significant risk: It is not a routine test for everybody with breast cancer. However, if you have significant risk with more than one family member having breast cancer or ovarian cancer , at younger age especially or multiple other type of cancers in the family- a brca 1 and 2 analysis would be something that routinely be done to rule out breast-ovary hereditary syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3K: Brca comprehensive test offered by myriad is about $3, 000. They have an additional test called bart which used to be charged separately but now is often done as one. Frankly, i don't know if that adds to the cost. These are covered by most insurances if ordered in the right setting. Others labs have developed tests (such as breastnext) for other genes but insurance coverage is not as clear cut. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Prenatal screening is the group of procedures used in pregnancy to look for diseases and genetic mutations in the fetus (baby inside Mom). Screening is usually done as early as practical in the pregnancy. Methods include testing the pregnant woman's blood, scanning the fetus with ultrasound, sampling the amniotic fluid ...Read more
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