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Anne Peled

Genetic Screening: Know Your Risk

Know your risk

Once you’ve spoken with your family members about their cancer history, you should discuss what you’ve learned with your doctor. Depending on your family or personal history of cancer, you may be recommended for genetic counseling or testing. Genetic testing is typically done with either a blood test or saliva test, though it’s best to be informed and discuss the potential outcomes with a trained provider before you undergo testing. If you do end up having a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, a breast specialist can talk to you about the options for screening and prevention, which could include everything from more frequent imaging studies to taking a hormone-blocking medication to considering prophylactic mastectomies. There are many great resources to help you if you do find out you’re at higher risk for breast cancer:

https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/OptionsforWomenatHigherRisk.html

http://www.facingourrisk.org/understanding-brca-and-hboc/index.php

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer.html

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