Mother had breast cancer at 54 and grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 70. My insurance won't cover the brca testing. What do I do? It's $4000!

Test Mom First. Brca testing is reserved for women who are at significant risk for the hereditary type of breast cancer. While it is possible that your mom is brca (+), the odds are less than 10% unless she was under 45 at diagnosis, other family members had breast or ovarian ca, had bilateral-or "triple negative" breast ca, etc. Either way, it is best to test your mom first; if she's (-), no need to be tested.
Please discuss . Increased screening tests with your doc like blood work and scans that may be covered and the supeme court just ruled they do not have a monopoloy on that test so in the next few years other companies will most likely be able to offer similar tests and the price will be much cheaper !
Exam. I would suggest seeing a surgeon for a breast exam. Get a baseline mammogram at age 35 and then yearly at 40. One could also consider getting a MRI of the breasts the same time you get your first mammogram. Just a consideration. Hope this helps.
Genetic counselor. See a genetic counselor if you haven't already. And don't be too stressed! we already know your risk for breast cancer is higher because of your mom. So start preventive measures including exercise, reduce alcohol (less than 4 drinks a week), keep your weight down, do self breast exams, and remind your doctors about your family history. That's more important than genetic testing for you!

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Mothers mom had pancreatic cancer at 72, dad had colon at 87, she had had lobular breast cancer at 54. I've had brca testing- negative. Am I at risk?

Doubt. With the negative BRCA tests, your risk of these is much lower. They may identify other genetic tumor markers for these as time goes on. Remember, the majority of colon cancer is found in persons without a family history for it. Read more...
Some risk. There is some risk even though you don't have the BRCA gene mutation. If your own parents, instead of your grandparents, had these diseases your risk would be greater. A geneticist can advise you better,however. Read more...
Not extra risk. Keep up surveillance like everybody else, and good luck. Read more...

My mother had breast cancer at 54 and her cousin was diagnosed at 45. Is this likely caused by the brca gene? My insurance won't pay for it.

Possible. It is hard to say without a full family history but your relatives did have cancer at a young age. Per nccn guidelines, both are candidates for testing (assuming they are still alive). They would be the best subjects for testing and then you may or may not need to. If they can't or won't, i advise you talk to your doc to see if a genetic counselor can see you and decide on the proper testing. Read more...
BRCA. Probably not. The patient to be tested is the cousin due to age at diagnosis. You do not qualify because you're risk of having the gene is so low. That's a good thing! Read more...
Nope! If you don't have breast or ovarian cancer yourself, then you need a family history of breast cancer in two close relatives (parent, sibling, aunt, granparent, niece) on the same side of the family, or one close relative diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45. Your mother's cousin doesn't qualify as a close relative. Ask to see a genetic counselor to better define your risk. Read more...

Mother diagnosis with breast cancer at 54, maternal grandmother diagnosis with pancreatic ca at 69. Dr's won't do brca test because there is no other breast/ovarian ca in my family. What do I do? I'm so worried.

See below. You are at higher risk for breast cancer because your mother has had breast cancer. You should consult your health care provider and come up with a screening plan for breast cancer surveillance. Other than breast self examination, nothing likely needs to be done before you are at least 30 years old. Read more...
Pancreatic cancer . Independant. About 5% of breast cancer comes from a famiaial inherited gene and the radar goes off for this when 1st degree relative dx'd prior to age 50. Most likey you do not carry this gene but we use whats called the gail model (look this up) to determine who should be screened. Approx 9% of women will get a breast cancer diagnosis, most are not related to a brca 1 or 2 gene. Read more...
Screening. You should have clinical breast exams starting now, and then at age 40 start with yearly mammograms. It is possible to pay for the brca testing out of pocket if this is truly your desire, because would likely not be covered by insurance. Read more...

How many relatives need to have had breastcancer before you should get genetic testing for the BRCA genes? My mother contracted breast cancer, I am 40

Other factors must . be considered. If your mom had a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, breast cancer diagnosed before age 50, cancer in both breasts, both breast and ovarian cancers, multiple breast cancers or your ethnicity is Ashkenazi Jewish, talk to your GYN about genetic counseling to evaluate your potential risk. Read more...
Usually 2. With some exceptions, the number is two first-degree relatives (mom/sisters), before screening for BRCA. Exceptions include if there is a history of ovarian cancer, pre-menopausal breast cancer (age . Read more...
See genetics. Most breast cancer is NOT due to an inherited risk, but rather occurs by chance. Family history that suggests an inherited risk, such as changes in the BRCA1 gene or BRCA2 gene, include multiple relatives with cancer over more than one generation and younger ages of onset. If you are concerned about an inherited risk, see a geneticist who can assess your family history. Read more...

My mother had breast cancer at 54, does this mean i'll get it? Is it still more likely I won't? Brca negative.

Increased Risk. Having a mother with breast cancer doesn't mean that you will get breast cancer for sure. It does put you at increased risk of developing breast cancer. Read more...
Breast ca risk, BRCA. Your mother having breast cancer at 54 does not mean you will get it or you would have brca gene mutation. It is simply a very complicated question, and requires more information to assess. Woman’s breast cancer risk is determined by multiple factors and can be assessed by gail model through national cancer institute website. Briefly, most breast cancer occurs sporadically rather than throug. Read more...
Be cautious. The risk of breast cancer for you is there but it is not very high unless there are other first degree relatives(aunts, sisters) who have had breast cancer or ovarian cancer. 90% of the women in your situation will not get breast cancer. Yet you need to be aware of what you need to do to be on your guard and adopt preventive measures. And check your breasts for any lumps regulalrly(monthly basis). Read more...
Most likely no. Only 15% of breast cancer is related to heredity. The vast majority of breast cancer is not. So you probably have a slightly higher chance then the average woman. It depends on other factors, too, like your age when you started menstruating, number of pregnancies, etc. . Read more...

Mother had breast cancer at 54 and her cousin had it at 48.BRCA negative and breast cancer panel negative (breastnext).How likely is it I'll get it?

Good question. Even with the good info you provide, it is very hard to estimate your risk. First, who tested? You, your mother, or her cousin? Second, have you or your relatives seen a genetic/risk assessment counselor? I would hope whoever tested did see one... There are models to estimate cancer risk but which one to use depends on many factors and it would be prudent to get a full pedigree. . Read more...
High Risk. Although genetic testing was negative, you are still at elevated risk. Other factors could help determine statistical risk, but, not as accurate in a 25 yo. I would recommend establishing a relationship w OBGYN +/- a high risk breast program. A yearly breast exam is important. A baseline mammogram at 35 yr and yearly mammograms from age 40 yr would be appropriate. . Read more...

Mother had breast cancer at 54, her cousin had it at 47. Brca negative. Is this likely genetic?

Need more info. Brca 1;2 are not the only genes that can increase the risk for breast cancer so you cannot rule out an inherited trait. That said, they could be sporadic cancers too. I suggest you visit a specialist with expertise in risk assessment and genetics. He/she needs to do a full pedigree and get some personal info to estimate your cancer risk and decide if you (or your mom) need additional testing. Read more...