Talk to your doctor about genetic testing for breast cancer or ovarian cancer if:
- Two or more close relatives (mother, sisters or daughters) have had breast or ovarian cancer.
- A close family member had breast cancer before age 50.
- A close relative has had cancer in both breasts.
- A family has had breast and ovarian cancer.
- You are a descendant of Eastern European Jews.
If tests show that you have a higher level of developing breast or ovarian cancer risk, you can talk with your doctor about the options you have to reduce the risk. counseling about genetic testing is covered by the Care Act Affordable Health ( Affordable Care Act ,) for some women. According to the health plan you have, maybe you can get advice without having to pay anything. Talk to your health insurance to find out what your plan covers. What should I ask the doctor? Going to the doctor can be stressful. It should be noted the questions you want to ask before the appointment. Print this list of questions and take it to your next doctor's appointment.
- What is my risk of breast cancer or ovarian cancer?
- Are there warning signs I should look for?
- Would I recommend genetic testing to find out what is my risk?
- What are the benefits and risks of genetic testing done?
- What is my chance of having a mutation (change) in a gene that may increase my risk of cancer?
- If they find a mutated gene, what are my options?
- What would it mean for me to have a positive or negative result?
- If I do the test, who can see my test results?
- In addition to the mutated genes, what else increases my risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer?
- What types of screening tests for cancer are recommended if I decide not to genetic testing?
- Do you have information you can take home on the prevention of breast or ovarian cancer?
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