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I was diagnosed with DCIS April 2014 and have a 31 year old daughter. Can she be tested for the BRACA gene at her own Doctors surgery. We haven't found any other female family members with breast cancer but my Brother had Prostate cancer and his children have to be tested regularly , When can she start having Mammograms, will she have to wait until her 40s? Thanks.
I was diagnosed with BC in 2014 and it was hormonal, whatI want to ask is does everybody who has cancer get tested to see if they have the BRCA gene? I have two daughters and 1 son and although no member of my family had BC (mum,gran sisters) my dad and brother both died of bowel , liver,colon cancer and I am just a bit concerned for my kids
From what I understand BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 only has connections with Breast and Ovarian cancers in women and Breast and Prostate cancers in men.
You can get more background information by reading this from the Royal Marsden 'Beginners Guide to BRCA 1 and BRCA 2'
Hope this helps, G n' J
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Hello, I lost my lovely dad in 2004 to Prostate Cancer. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer - Grade 2 in November 2009 at 47. I had a mastectomy, RT and am currently on Tamoxifan. I have been told by my Oncologist I will stay on medication for another 5 years. Not sure if that will be Tamoxifan or not as dependant on Estrogen levels. Most non serious ailments my dad suffered from I have also had. So to be honest it was always in the back of my mind I would be diagnosed with some sort of cancer. I am concerned about whether I have inherited the BRACA Gene. Would you think I should be tested and how do I get this done ?
If a parent has plasma cell leukaemia (I understand rare?) is it possible to test for a genetic marker of this and can I have such a test on the NHS?
Thanks for all the questions, everyone. Our nurses will be here to answer them at 12, so keep them coming!
We've just received this question by email:
"My mum has recently passed away from stage 4 ovarian cancer at the age of 50. She had been fighting it for 2 years! I saw on the news that they are bring out a test to see if it runs in your family. I was wondering how I go about this as me and my sister would be interested."
I had breast cancer and I have finished all my treatment last July. I have just been told that I have the BRAC2 gene, which we're almost certain came from my mother's side of the family. I've been told that there is now a greatly increased chance of getting Prostate cancer. How do I go about getting screening set up? Is just a call to my GP to get a referral?
My maternal grandmother died with breast cancer as did her daughter my maternal aunt and now I am awaiting rads having just had a lumpectomy. I have Jewish ancestry on my fathers side. My sons are 45....38 and daughter 34. My husbands sister also died of breast cancer so my kids are connected to it on both sides of their family. What would be your advice for my children? To test or not to test and would we have to pay because that would be prohibitive.
Sorry should have added that I am awaiting results of lumpectomy etc and treatment plan on Friday.
Hello, I was diagnosed with IDC hormone receptive breast cancer April 2014 I am now 58 years old. My mum died at 59 of lung cancer. I have two sons 30 and 35, the 35 year olds paternal grandmother died of breast cancer. Would this make him more prone to prostate cancer, and should he be tested? Thank you. Denise
I have been wondering if there is such thing as a faulty gene in families that makes them more at risk of cancer.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and at the same time my middle son had hodgkin lymphoma. My mother died of small cell lung cancer at 57 and her father died of hodgkin lymphoma at the same age. Different cancers but is it bad luck or posdible genetic link
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