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    Default Breast cancer gene.

    In light of Angelina Jolie's recent move to have a double mastectomy as she had a 80(ish)% chance of developing breast cancer later in life.

    I Wonder, where does one get this test for this gene? Is it as simple as a blood test? Or is it more advanced by attending a genetic specialist?

    Has anyone actually had the test? What did it cost? What were your outcome and choices?


    ~Isla Rohmaine arriving sept 2013 and a baby makes 3!

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    I got mine through my hematologist, I am not sure if you can get it through a GP.

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    I was of the thought its quite expensive, about 2k? But I'm not really sure

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    This same gene is in my sister in laws family. Her mum has just had a double mastectomy. My SIL had the test through her gp and she doesn't have it.

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    I have a history of breast cancer in my family and I had some medical issues so I needed to be tested.

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    I have investigated but haven't had the test yet (I have had the mammograms and ultrasounds that pre-empt the genetic test). My GP said that in Perth there is only one doctor who does it at King Edward. My mum died of breast cancer at 49, my sister has had suspicious lumps removed and a massive reduction, so I think I will probably have the gene. I'm totally prepared for a double mastectomy.

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    Just double checked the costs. It can be free is some states if you are eligible (first degree family members who have had breast cancer), otherwise is it about $2k to have it done privately.

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    One important thing - make sure you have all of your life insurance sorted before undergoing any testing, a positive result would count you out if you wanted insurance in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulahoop View Post
    I have investigated but haven't had the test yet (I have had the mammograms and ultrasounds that pre-empt the genetic test). My GP said that in Perth there is only one doctor who does it at King Edward. My mum died of breast cancer at 49, my sister has had suspicious lumps removed and a massive reduction, so I think I will probably have the gene. I'm totally prepared for a double mastectomy.
    Thanks I'm In Perth so this is helpful.



    ~Isla Rohmaine arriving sept 2013 and a baby makes 3!


 

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