Gene testing for breast cancer: Who should have it done?

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The news of Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy is receiving praise for not only her bravery, but for bringing awearness to specific gene test to light.  But that has many women wondering whether it's a test they too, should recieve.

Dr. Stephanie Graff, an oncologist at Menorah Medical Center appeared on Wednesday's FOX 4 Morning Show to explain more about gene testing.

Genetic Testing for BRCA 1 or 2

  • Recommended that only women with a strong family history be evaluated for genetic testing for BRCA mutations. This group represents only about 2% of adult women in the United States.
  • First-degree relatives (mother, sisters, daughters) with breast cancer, one of whom was diagnosed when they were younger than 50 or more first- or second-degree relatives (includes grandmothers, aunts) diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Both breast and ovarian cancer among first- and second-degree relatives.
  • A first-degree relative diagnosed with cancer in both breasts or more first- or second-degree relatives diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
  • A male relative with breast cancer.

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