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The doctor called me this morning with the results of the BRCA test. (See Do You Need A BRCA Test?)
To review a famous case of BRCA testing, click this article.
The doctor informed me that I have what is called CHEK2 Mutation. HUH???????? . He said that the gene runs in families and increases the chance of breast cancer by 25% to 30%. Oh, Joy!
He advised me:
- To do self exams often
- Always get my mammographies on time
- Continue seeing the breast surgeon.
- This runs in families which is why a close family member probably got breast cancer so young
- He can't tell if it's on my mom's side or dad's side so I need to inform all the women who are considered immediate family on both sides
- Immediate family consists of mothers, grandmothers, siblings, children, aunts, first cousins
- All immediate family should be tested and if positive, should start getting mammographies early.
- The earlier you catch any cancer, the better chance of survival, hence, why the young women in the family should start screening earlier than the current recommended age.
I will discuss this with my niece, a Physician's Assistant, too, just to hear what she has to say. I will also tell my own family Physician Assistant that I've been seeing for years and who I happen to have an appointment with today.
The doctor told me not to Google. He said I will scare the hell out of myself. If you are interested in what the Mayo Clinic has to say, click on this article. I skimmed it.
Remember, it will scare the hell out of you. My advice, talk to your doctor(s). Request the testing from a Specialist if your doctor thinks it is necessary. My doctor said it is necessary for all my immediate family!
UPDATE: Per my visit with the Physician's Assistant at my family doctor's office this afternoon, I should discuss these results with the Breast Surgeon. I told her I am seeing the Breast Surgeon again in July and that the Hemotologist's office already faxed over the report.
She said I should discuss removing my ovaries with my Gynecologist and the Breast Surgeon - I had a hysterectomy in 2007 but they chose to leave the ovaries.
She also said the Breast Surgeon may want to put me on a 6 month schedule. I was on that years ago, so, if I did it then, I can do it again!
We shall see what the Breast Surgeon says!