Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer (cont.)
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Should I Be Tested for Genetic Mutations?
You may want to discuss genetic testing with your doctor if any of the following scenarios apply to you:
What Are my Options if I Have a "Cancer Gene?"
Women in high-risk categories (first-degree relative with breast cancer, personal history of breast cancer, prior abnormal breast biopsy results with atypical ductal hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ) and carriers of the genes associated with breast cancer may want to consider starting regular breast cancer screening at age 25 or 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest person with breast cancer at the time of their diagnosis.
Some women choose preventive (prophylactic) mastectomy to decrease the chances of developing breast cancer, although this doesn't offer complete protection.
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