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The Holidays are a great time to start the conversation about your family health history. Knowledge is power when it comes to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Knowing your family history can tell you if you are at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. This knowledge can help you assess if you should have genetic testing to find out if you are truly at high risk. It also allows for preventative measures and screenings. Start the Convo!
Consider both your mother's and father's side of the family when answering the following questions to help in assessing your hereditary risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer.
You or a family member (mother's or father's side) were diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 or younger
You or a family member were diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age
You have a male family member with breast cancer at any age
You have Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, and a personal or family history of an HBOC-associated cancer at any age
There are two breast cancers in the same person or two family members with breast cancer on the same side of the family, one under age 50
You or a family member were diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at any age
There is pancreatic cancer and an HBOC-associated cancer in the same person or on the same side of the family at any age
There are three family members with breast cancer in the same side of the family
You have a previously identified BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation in your family
After the Holidays Pink-Surance would love to hear about how you STARTED THE CONVERSATION, what you found out, and what you plan to do! Visit www.pink-surance.com!