My mom is an ovarian cancer survivor, and she had a gene profile done and she tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene which increases the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. She is an only daughter as am I. I struggle with the decision now of whether I should get tested (and whether my insurance will cover it). We had our son (miracle baby) even though I only have one ovary - had one removed non cancerous. I'm unsure if I want to know if I have the gene, because that leads to a whole other bunch of questions/options - do I have a complete hysterectomy/mastectomy as a preventative measure, etc? I'm almost 40, and I know I have high risks even without the gene. What would you all do in my shoes??Answer Question
Answer by DarkFaery131 at 4:57 PM on Aug. 20, 2010
Answer by specialwingz at 5:00 PM on Aug. 20, 2010
I think that knowing would drive some people crazy, it is really how you think you would be able to handle it. I think that for me, I probably would opt not to do it. There is not much preventive care for those types of cancer, however I would eat a lot of fruit and veggies to help boost my immune system, get lots of exercise and drink a lot of water. Basically strive to live a healthy life, and continue doing your regular check ups. I would not want to live with knowing if I had this particular marker. Best of luck to you on your decision.
Answer by sheloveearth at 5:05 PM on Aug. 20, 2010
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