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Should I have genetic testing for breast cancer if family history?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Perhaps

The risk factor/indications for genetic testing are: multiple family members with a history of breast cancer, bilateral breast cancer, male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, ashkenazi jewish heritage, young age of diagnosis (<50 but really premenopausal particular early 40s-30s), triple negative (er/pr/her2-) status and age <60.

In brief: Perhaps

The risk factor/indications for genetic testing are: multiple family members with a history of breast cancer, bilateral breast cancer, male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, ashkenazi jewish heritage, young age of diagnosis (<50 but really premenopausal particular early 40s-30s), triple negative (er/pr/her2-) status and age <60.
Dr. Sean Canale
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