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How do you get tested for the breast cancer gene?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 8 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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    Stage 4 Patient
    Just ask your Dr. if they offer the test. There are two different ways of testing. Orally, or blood test. It's a very expensive test so you might want to see if your insurance will cover it. It tests for both the BRACA 1 and 2 genes. I had this test and it takes approx 2 weeks to get the results. :)
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    • Kate Mulder Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Ok thank you! Do you know if there is an age limit because I am only 14

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    • Ali S Profile
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      Survivant depuis 2011

      Do you have breast cancer or are you just worried you'll get it? I don't know if there's an age limit, but talk to your parents about your concerns and talk to your doctor

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    • Kate Mulder Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Well my mom had breast cancer and past away from it, and my dads mom also had breast cancer. I am just concerned because I have double the chance of getting it. And I want to be as proactive as possible!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Stage 4 Patient

      I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom Kate. :(. I understand about your concerns and wanting to be proactive. I don't know if there is an age limit on the test. Ask your dr about taking it. One very important thing you can do now is check your...

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      I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom Kate. :(. I understand about your concerns and wanting to be proactive. I don't know if there is an age limit on the test. Ask your dr about taking it. One very important thing you can do now is check your breasts every month for any lumps or changes. This is very important. I pray that you'll never have cancer touch you any more than it already has in losing your loved ones. Hugs sweetie.

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    • Kate Mulder Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Thank you very much for all of your support!:) it means a lot!

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  • Lori S Profile
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    Étude du cancer du sein
    You may have to meet with a genetic counselor first to determine if recommended. I had a blood test.
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    • Kate Mulder Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Would you recommend that I start at my normal doctor or find a counselor right away?

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    • Lori S Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Your regular doctor should be able to recommend someone. If not, check with your insurance as they can recommend in-network and out of network choices.

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    • Lori S Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Also check with your insurance as you may need a referral from your regular doctor.

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    • Kate Mulder Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Ok thank you!

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  • Ali ferlet Profile
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    Étude du cancer du sein
    I had to swish scope three times and after each swish I had to spit it in a beaker. They unravel the gene through the sa
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    • Ali ferlet Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Continued from above... From the saliva. I was pos for brca 2

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