I had one a few weeks ago. I was diagnosed this year at 37 yo. Had two maternal aunts die from breast cancer, a maternal uncle and cousin die from colon cancer, and my maternal grandfather died from cancer (unknown what type-it was in the 60's and they didn't know what killed him until the autopsy). Mine came back negative. Insurance paid for it...it costs around $4300 according to my insurance statement. I feel better knowing the results.
My taking the test didn't affect any of my treatment protocol, but I wanted to take it to tell my female relatives the results, and also to know if I had a higher risk of ovarian cancer. I was lucky that my insurance covered it.
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I meet the criteria for the insurance company. I was diagnosed at age 42 and had a maternal aunt with breast cancer. I have one cousin who was diagnosed before the age of 40. I lost a sister to cervical cancer but still have 4 sisters and a daughter who are concerned. I had a baby 6 months before my 40th birthday- the doctor suspects an estrogen burst or genetics as the cause of the cancer.
Basically it shows if the cancer is due to a gene mutation, and one that could possibly be passed along to your children. It also shows whether you are at risk for ovarian cancer (which is closely related to breast cancer) I also had it done in 2007, and it was negative, which was a relief for my daughters, as there was absolutely no history of breast cancer in our family.
The insurance company refused to cover it at first, as they stated that it was only covered for patients being diagnosed 40 and younger (I was 44 at diagnosis), but when the lab resubmitted it, they ended up paying it. I wanted the results regardless and was willing to pay for it even if they didn't pay, but it was quite a relief not to have to do that!!
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I had the test because of a family history of ovarian cancer x2 and brain tumours x2 ? secondary to possible BC... I have 3 daughter and several female nieces and was somewhat concerned.. My results were negative.. pleased to report.. The recommendations were that the all should have breast screens a little sooner rather than later than that of the norm.. even if there is a cost involved.. Better safe than sorry...
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Has anyone had the BRCA ( genetic tests) done for breast cancer? I have the lab slip in my purse. I want to know what the test will tell me? My cancer was three years ago and this test was never mentioned. Also- I don't have a follow up for 6 months so why the urgency?
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