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Don't Wait Until It's Too Late: The Importance of Early Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Prevention

Early detection is key to preventing breast cancer. Genetic testing should be done early on, especially for those with a broken BRCA gene. Don't wait until you're diagnosed - get tested and take control of your health.

The Role of Genetic Testing in Early Detection

What is Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing, or DNA testing, is a medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. It can help determine if you have an increased risk for certain diseases, like breast cancer.

How Does Genetic Testing Help in Early Detection?

By identifying genetic mutations and risk factors, doctors and patients can work together to develop a plan to reduce the risk of developing cancer or catch it early if it does develop.

What Are the Benefits of Genetic Testing?

Early detection can lead to early intervention and an improved prognosis. It can also help prevent cancer from developing in the first place through lifestyle changes and preventative measures.

What Are the Limitations of Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing is not 100% accurate and can result in false positives or false negatives. It can also be expensive and not always covered by insurance.

Recommended Frequency of Testing for Those with a Broken BRCA Gene

Frequency of Testing

For those with a broken BRCA gene, it is recommended to get tested at least every 3-6 months.

Why Frequent Testing is Important

Since those with a broken BRCA gene have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, frequent testing can help detect any changes early on and allow for prompt intervention.

What to Expect During Testing

Testing is usually done through a blood or saliva sample. Results can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

What Happens After Testing?

If there is an indication of increased risk, doctors may recommend additional screenings, like mammograms or MRIs. They may also recommend risk-reducing surgeries or medications.

For Example

So being as though I was diagnosed at 33 years old, my daughter is recommended to start getting mammograms then she is 23 years old , also genetic testing which I think should start sooner yea. I recently met with a young girl an shes 21 years old she has the Brca gene, to me she's so brave 21 year can you imagine ? Like 21 come on , but to prevent CANCER ! yes please lets do it cut them off, but you know the younger they know the quicker they find out the better the outcome.


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