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What are the tests for hereditary breast cancer?

BRCA. To determine if you have a hereditary breast cancer, a complete history needs to be obtained. Based on this history and a mapping of your family's cancer history, a brca test may be performed. It is important to determine who in the family should be tested. It is now a saliva test that can be done in a physician office. Genetic counseling is also offered. Read more...
Questions! The best tool in assessing hereditary cancer including breast cancer is a thorough family history. After that the genetic tests that are used test for brca1, brca2, tp53, and pten. More can be found here: http://bit.Ly/myzjj9. Read more...

What are the symptoms of hereditary breast cancer?

Same as regular. Breast cancer. Only about 3% of the breast cancers are due to inherited defects and these cancers have the same symptoms as regular/sporadic cancer, i.e., mass/lump in the breast. Read more...
Young/Bilateral. Breast cancer symptoms are no different whether one has the hereditary or environmental form of the disease. However, women with the hereditary form tend to be diagnosed at an earlier age and have a higher incidence of cancer developing in both breasts. The telltale sign, of course, is a pattern of breast +/- ovarian cancer in multiple relatives. Read more...

How do I get tested for hereditary breast cancer?

History/blood test. The first step is to get a family history. If the history suggests a hereditary predisposition for breast cancer, blood testing to evaluate for brca1 and brca2 mutations could be done. Read more...
Do you have Fam hist. If you have family history go see the oncologist that saw your relative and he/she will direct you. Read more...
Red Flags. If you meet certain criteria, you are a candidate for brca testing. Check out www.Myriad.Com. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Hereditary breast cancer?

Due to abnormal Gene. Some cancers are secondary to abnormal genetic predisposition. Most commonly called BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes. People who carry these abnormalities have higher risk of developing breast as well as ovarian cancer. There are other abnormal genes and also other conditions which may be related to abnormal genes. Read more...