Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Warning?

A molecular change that switches genes on or off can preempt the onset of breast cancer decades before the disease develops, British researchers say. The scientists hope the discovery will lead to a simple blood test that can determine vulnerability to the disease. Photo Credit: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons.

Genetic Test Could Provide Breast Cancer Warning
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20 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

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Sara L.
Sara Leviten4 years ago

You're welcome, Duane! It's important for people who have gone through it, to share their experiences with others. That way, maybe more folks can avoid the ordeal.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sara L.
Sara Leviten4 years ago

Each individual has to make her own decision about the test. I think that if the test would have been available before I was diagnosed, I would have been too scared to take it. Knowing what I know now, I would have taken it. The earlier you know, the less chance that you will need chemo and radiation. I know someone who was diagnosed with Stage 0! She didn't need any treatments, but had a lumpectomy. Another friend was Stage 1. She only needed a lumpectomy and 5 radiation treatments.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath4 years ago

Thanks

Irmina B.
Irmina B.4 years ago

scare tactic

Sue H.
Sue H.4 years ago

Interesting concept, but what about the cure first? I don't think I'd want to take this test.

Sara L.
Sara Leviten4 years ago

This is in response to Jane B's above comments: I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend. I was diagnosed with Stage 3A Breast Cancer on 12/17/2008. I had a mastectomy, 8 chemo and 30 radiation treatments. I'm fine now, except for a few side effects such as a thyroid condition, neuropathy, chemobrain (forgetfulness) and discomfort under my right arm. Granted, It's only been a less than 3½ yrs. since I was diagnosed. I know many women who have survived 20 years or more since diagnosis. In fact, a friend of mine told me about his mother's situation. She was diagnosed in her 20's or 30's and lived until her 90's! There was a woman at the Komen Race a few years ago who diagnosed in the 1960's and was still going strong! Medical scientists are always doing studies and research for breast cancer treatment. You have to think positive! I did during my treatments, and everyone told me that my recovery was remarkable. It also helps to get lots of positive support from friends and family. Acupuncture also helps tremendously. Once I started using it, I had practically no gastric problems. I hope it doesn't happen to you or any of your other friends, but, Jane, if it does, you're going to have to change your attitude. It really helps!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P.4 years ago

thanks