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!