Why wouldnt I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Family history. I have to assume you are talking about brac1 and 2 testing. Without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer your chance of having a mutation would be pretty low. With a family history, most insurance would cover at least part of the cost of the testing. Myriad, the lab which does the testing, would do an analysis for you to determine your out of pocket costs prior to running the test.
Then what. You need to ask yourself, "what will I do with the answer?" if you have the cancer genes, will you have the at risk organs removed? The so called cancer genes affect some organs more but other organs may be affected as well, so where will you draw the line?

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What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

Among many: BRCA1/2. There are a number of genes associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 & 2 are the most known and studied but other genes are: TP53, PTEN, PALB2, CHEK2 ... (see list at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes) NCI has good info on BRCA1/2 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA as a starting point. Read more...

There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?

BRCA mutation. The gene is called brca, and mutations in this gene are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Check out this link for more info: www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/.../brca. Read more...
BRCA1, BRCA2, others. There are a few genes which when changed increase the risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. These genes are present in all persons (male and female) and in the normal state work to prevent cancer. When these genes are changed, risk for cancer increases. Genes that when changed can increase the risk for breast and ovarian cancer include: BRCA1, BRCA2, and other more rare genes such as TP53. Read more...

What's my likelihood of having the mutated genes if three people in my family have have breast and ovarian cancer? They were my nan and her sisters

High risk. You are definitely at risk and should seek genetic counseling. You should also let us know if you have any older sisters as your siblings. Read more...
Suspicious. It is difficult to tell you odds without having more details regarding your family history but I have to say it is quite suspicious. You can see a specialist in risk assessment and genetics but ideally the test should be done first in affected individuals, preferably the one with ovarian cancer or the youngest to get breast cancer (assuming they are alive). Best to you. Read more...

Why won't insurance cover blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Do You Qualify? Many insurances (including medicare) will cover the expense for brca testing, provided that a person has a 10% chance, or greater, of having the mutation. A risk estimate can be calculated by your age, personal history of cancer, and age and type of cancer in first-degree relatives. A risk calculator can be found on the website for the company that performs this blood test, myriad genetics. Read more...
Cost. It is not cost effective to screen every person for these genes who do not have a suggestive family history. Read more...
Most will. Most insurances will cover testing of the breast and ovarian cancer genes (brca 1 & 2) as long as your risk is high enough to justify the testing. If you have ovarian cancer, or if multiple family members have had breast and/or ovarian cancer, especially at an early age, or if there is ashkenazi jewish heritage, most insurance carriers will cover the test. Read more...

Can doctors do blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Yes, we can order. Yes, we can order blood test for brca 1/2. However i think prior to blood test you should have a genetics counselling either by a genetic counsellor or your doctor - so you understand the impact /implication of positive or negative finding of your test. Discuss further with your physician. Read more...
Yes-BRCA Test. While the test is easy to perform, the ramifications of the results are not. It is best to meet with a genetic counselor before getting this test to see if you qualify and understand how the results might affect you and your family's medical options. For more information including testing criteria, check the website of the test manufacturer, myriad. Read more...
No one gene. A number of genetic anomalies increase the risk of ovarian cancer but there is not a single or even a set of tests, that would be useful in isolation. You may wish to discuss your family history with your doctor to see if a genetic test is warranted. Read more...

Does consuming too many phytoestrogens increase your chance for breast or ovarian cancer?

No, not really. There is no conclusive evidence that this is the case. So eat healthy , low fat, plant based diet and exercise daily. That will do you lot more good than any concern about phytoestrogens causing breast or any other cancers.! Read more...
Phytoestrogens . The amount of phytoestrogens one would have to consume to increase risks of estrogen sensitive cancer is in excess of what an individual could consume. In studies of women that live in areas where high consumption of phytoestrogens occur, there were not increased risks of estrogen sensitive cancers. Read more...
Possibly. If you have genetic predisposition. Otherwise i don't think it would. Read more...

In what ways are breast cancer and ovarian cancer associated with each other?

The finding of. The genetic mutation brca 1& 2 link them molecularly, such that risk exceeds 80% and warrant oophorectomy before cancer dx. Since many breast cancers are fueled by estrogen, oophorectomy may diminish overt breast cancer. Read more...

What is my likelihood of developing cancer at some point in life; my nan had breast cancer and her sister had ovarian cancer?

Moderate. With the family breast cancer, there are dna tests which may guide you. Non smoking, regular health checks, good personal habits and choices can reduce risk of dying with cancer even if you do have one develop. Read more...
Difficult . There most likely is a higher risk. But main risk factor is your mother and any sisters with breast or ovarian cancer? The best thing you can do is meet with a genetic counselor, however, may not be needed at your age. In addition, any other cancers in the family? Self breast exam important! hope this helps. Read more...