Ge­netic ques­tions

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When my mother suc­cumbed to an ag­gres­sive breast can­cer, we were told not to bother with ge­netic test­ing. When my sis­ter died from breast can­cer, we were again told we didn’t fit the pro­file. Then I was di­ag­nosed – all three of us with ag­gres­sive can­cer, but dif­fer­ent kinds. At this point we were told it was al­most cer­tainly ge­netic – but they hadn’t yet iden­ti­fied which gene was caus­ing the prob­lem. My chil­dren are dou­bly at risk, as their grand­mother on the other side of the fam­ily also had breast can­cer. The girls were of­fered pre­ven­ta­tive mas­tec­tomies, but they’ve opted to go to a ‘high-risk’ clinic and have strin­gent mon­i­tor­ing in­stead. Al­though ge­netic test­ing has come a long way, the ex­perts have yet to find all the an­swers. As a fam­ily, we feel the best way for­ward is to eat healthily, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, get the best breast checks avail­able – and not worry!

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