What Angelina Can Teach Us about the BRCA Gene
So, shouldn't all women be tested?
The quick answer is no. The longer answer is more complicated, but here are some facts to help you decide whether you should discuss being tested with your doctor.
- 5-10% of breast cancer in the United States is the result of a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genetic mutation.
- BRCA gene analysis is done through a simple blood test
- Consider testing if you have a personal history of breast cancer when you were younger than 50; a personal or family history of male breast cancer; a personal or family history of breast cancer in both breasts; a personal history of ovarian cancer; a close family member with ovarian cancer; a close family member with breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 46; an Ashkenazi Jewish heritage combined with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
Thank you Angelina for speaking so openly about your decision – one I applaud as a mother. And here we thought you couldn't possibly be more beautiful.
Karen is the founder and family editor for Tips From Town.