If you have a family member that is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, you can’t help but wonder whether you stand a chance of developing breast cancer too as the diseases is known to run in families. Well, there is something called “Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer,” which can help determine the likelihood that you will develop the cancer over the course of your life.
If you are considering having this testing done to see if you may develop have breast cancer later on in your life, then best prepare yourself for dealing with the results should they show you have a high likelihood. Some things you should ask yourself while you are considering getting the test done:
Am I prepared to hear the results for the test?
What if the test says that I have a high chance of developing breast cancer?
Am I prepared to cope with the results if the test says I will have breast cancer?
Will my family, such as my parents, spouse, or children be able to cope with the results of the test?
What precautions can I take?
These are just some of the questions that you should ask yourself before considering to take the test. You should definitely make sure that you are prepared for the results, and know how you will cope with the outcome of the results.
Getting the breast cancer DNA test done
It is a fairly simple procedure to get the testing done. First, you will need to get your family chart, which is formally called a Family Pedigree. The family Pedigree determines the patterns in generations to see if there is cancer in the line of your family history. After the health professionals have reviewed the Family Pedigree, a blood test will be taken to determine if you have the Breast Cancer gene in your blood. The main genes responsible are BRCA1 or 2 genes.
If you are to get a negative test results, it means that the breast cancer gene was not identified, which also means that you don’t carry the breast cancer gene that has been identified in your family’s history. Whereas, a positive result means that a breast cancer gene was identified, meaning that you do carry the breast cancer gene that has once been in your family’s history before. For more information why not look up useful websites like the Canadian breast cancer foundation?
If you do have a strong chance of developing the cancer, then you can begin by taking control over your life, regularly checking your breasts and avoiding lifestyle situations which can trigger the cancer. Early detection of the cancer hugely increases your chances of successful treatment. Also, this is a very important piece of information for health care professionals to know, they too can give you advice once they have the results of your breast cancer genetic test.