Breast cancer is more frightening to many women than other equally serious diseases. It has a psychological impact, especially if a mother or other family member had breast cancer. Genetic testing is an option available at a gynecologist clinic in Norman OK.
What Genetic Testing Will NOT Do
Genetic testing will not tell you that you will never develop breast cancer. Some people believe that’s the case, but unfortunately it’s not. There is no test that will tell woman whether or not they will ever get breast cancer.
What Genetic Testing WILL Do
About 5-10% of the cases of breast cancer in America have been linked to an inherited gene mutation. Approximately half of those cases or 2.5-5% of breast cancer cases have been linked to a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutated gene.
Why is that significant? Both men and women are much more likely to develop breast cancer if they have these mutated genes. Woman are also much more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
Bottom line? If you have a family history of breast cancer, genetic testing is important. It will not tell you that you definitely will get this awful disease, but a positive test gives you a heads-up that you have a much greater risk of getting breast cancer than your neighbor across the street.
What should you do if you have these genes? Many women choose to simply be very vigilant about breast self-testing, mammograms and visits to their gynecologist. A few very high-risk women have chosen to be proactive by getting mastectomies. The point is that after having genetic testing, the ball is in your court.
What if the Genetic Testing is Negative?
A negative result for BRCA1 and BRCA2 is a good news/bad news story. The good news is that you don’t have a much greater chance then most women of developing breast or ovarian cancer. The bad news is that you still have the same risk as the average woman, but not a greater risk.
Make an appointment at your Gynecologist Clinic in Norman OK to find out if genetic testing is advisable for you. Life’s Cycle Womens Care offers many high-quality gynecological services as well as Sottopelle hormone therapy, CoolSculpting and other cosmetic services. If it’s been a while since your last visit, protect your health with a well woman exam. Visit us online to learn more and contact the clinic for an appointment.