Yvonne Brown
Yvonne Brown

In addition to the mastectomy, I had recommended Chemotherapy, which a mere 4-5 years would not have been the course of treatment. I have heard of too many who survived the mastectomy, only to fall because these tests were not even existent!! The POINT : FIGHT LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!

Grace Rankin
Grace Rankin

Am 15 year breast cancer survivor.

Joyce Furlough
Joyce Furlough

Yes, I would have the test done as well for the diagnosis; however, I am speaking for me. I would not go that far. We all are different and thank God for the differences. She did what she thought was best for her. Hooray!! Breast cancer is very prominent in my family, - mother, sister and 2 nieces that died to it. And yes, I have had a lumpectomy (sp) and doing fine. We do not know the day nor hour in which we will end this life. Enjoy each day as it is given to us. Enjoy to the full.

Krystle Vargas
Krystle Vargas

This is something real serious in a woman's life. We as females, must get our breasts checked yearly, so make it a habit. To get your health on point nd get known of wat is bad in our bodies, including our breasts. So ladiiez, please get checked today!

Bert West
Bert West

I Have Already had Double Mast. & Reconstruction In 2006 Thanks

Bert West
Lawrence,Ks.

Palumago Kati
Palumago Kati

I would definitely test this rest if it means saying myself from going through any kind of cancer treatment.

Dawn Beers Leslie Conklin

What I want to know is... Will they ever have a brca test month like the free mammograms month?
For the underinsured?

Dolores Salinas
Dolores Salinas

While I applaud Angelina Jolie for her decision, I would hope she uses this to help the public in general who do not have her money to pay for the test and surgeries should the test be positive. By help I mean lobby for the regulations to be changed to make all insurance companies pay for the testing and surgeries. Maybe not for everyone but at least pay for those who meet certain criteria with breast cancer history. My insurance will not pay for it because it is genetic testing even...

While I applaud Angelina Jolie for her decision, I would hope she uses this to help the public in general who do not have her money to pay for the test and surgeries should the test be positive. By help I mean lobby for the regulations to be changed to make all insurance companies pay for the testing and surgeries. Maybe not for everyone but at least pay for those who meet certain criteria with breast cancer history. My insurance will not pay for it because it is genetic testing even though my mother had breast cancer, my 37 year old sister died from Inflammatory Breast Cancer, my 24 year old cousin died of IBC as well, a couple of my aunts have had breast cancer. Insurance companies also need to lower the age for taking mammograms. Had my sister been able to have a mammogram, her breast cancer could have been caught earlier, but her insurance company wouldn't allow a mammogram until she was 40, well she never reached that age and never did get her mammogram.

Suzie Myr
Suzie Myr

When money talks, worries must be silent... When we are talking about health and life and we are not Angelina, to be able to spend thousands just for the test, the only answer is "no" and not by choice, but because there is no other option... I apologize for my bitterness, but the "heroic" action that she did, cant have many followers, because of what I said at the start... Money VS Life...

Deane Messex
Deane Messex
  • Suzie Myr

I would sacrifice everything I have to make sure my wife doesn't go through what my mom and my sister inlaw are going through and have gone through. Even at 10k you could pay that off 3-5 years by simple not going out to eat 1-2 times a month. My wife and I have spoke about it she will be taking the test soon!

Suzie Myr
Suzie Myr
  • Suzie Myr

My best wishes and prayers are coming your way!!!!!!!!

Mellissa Marie
Mellissa Marie
  • Suzie Myr

i tried to have the test done. with all the proof, included doctors letters stating im a good candidate for the BRCA test due to family history. i was denied by my insurance comp. At the age of 18 i started having a lot of issues every where. C1 pre cancer Colan polyps, Breast lumps that we removed and benign, Cyst on ovary's and removed at least 5 different surgery's for that, and worst of all at age 30 had to have a hysterectomy cause of cervical and uterine cancer. so would i do the test YES. can i afford it (can any one afford it?) NO

Suzie Myr
Suzie Myr
  • Suzie Myr

What can I say, Melissa? Words are really so poor... I am so very sorry... I also have family history and I will say what you said.. Would I do the test? Yes! Can I afford it? NO! Allow me to send you a hug from afar...

Amanda Imlay Lucas
Amanda Imlay Lucas
  • Suzie Myr

most insurance plans pay for the test

Sherry Durham
Sherry Durham
  • Suzie Myr

There are options for this test. I couldn't spend thousands either. But the university of san Francisco tested me and have saved my life. I recommend mt zion and all my doctors there .we can be helped even the poor. Every women should be given this test. And annual mammograms. Thanks to dr. Chandler at ample health colusa and chico enloe colusa regional dr bass dr toribio colusa mental health mt zion ucsf dr alverado dr foster dr sbnaity dr goldman womens health their genetic counseler dr...

There are options for this test. I couldn't spend thousands either. But the university of san Francisco tested me and have saved my life. I recommend mt zion and all my doctors there .we can be helped even the poor. Every women should be given this test. And annual mammograms. Thanks to dr. Chandler at ample health colusa and chico enloe colusa regional dr bass dr toribio colusa mental health mt zion ucsf dr alverado dr foster dr sbnaity dr goldman womens health their genetic counseler dr li onocology janet tankra nacey and the susan g komen foundation american cancer society all my nurses and support from my father sister and the moose lodge in olivehurst benny brenxa scott tina bonnie harold lou coleen chris linda varner terry larry mcvey jodie louie toni jr sabrina jennifer deedee my mother in law becky hunt merv hunt grandma andgrandpa cheri loke and god himself and prayers from everyone out there lorretta ottos obadiah jerry hubner crystal I have manage to stay strong .thank y

Sherry Durham
Sherry Durham
  • Suzie Myr

Breast cancer is the leading killer in women young and old. Cancer can destroy families marriages and the finacial part is more than one should ever have to deal with. But the more support we have and support out there can make all the difference. Its more than anyone should ever have to deal with emonionally alone it kills. All cancers it truely a cunning disease. The more knowledge and research the closer we come to beating it. And you have stay strong in your mind and tell ypurself...

Breast cancer is the leading killer in women young and old. Cancer can destroy families marriages and the finacial part is more than one should ever have to deal with. But the more support we have and support out there can make all the difference. Its more than anyone should ever have to deal with emonionally alone it kills. All cancers it truely a cunning disease. The more knowledge and research the closer we come to beating it. And you have stay strong in your mind and tell ypurself ever day I gonna kick its ass back to hell where it belongs. Its like the devil himself dont let him win. We can beat it and save lives. And god himself . Sherry keeth -Durham ulrich

Jackie Perry
Jackie Perry

I had the test performed after I found out I had stage 1 grade 4 carcinoma I am BRCA 1 positive. My mother died of ovarian cancer, my cousin had breast cancer then myself and now my Aunt, we all tested positive, but after we found out we had cancer. This test actually is what saved my Aunts life, because they wasnt sure and taking there time about everything until the test came back. My sister tested negative, I am trying to talk my oldest into taking the test now.

Jacqueline Strain
Jacqueline Strain
  • Jackie Perry

as a breast cancer survivor i am extremely interested in getting the test for my daughter,grandaughter&any other children who may come after that.I had grade 3 breast cancer,had 2 mastectomies&reconstructions.Soon after i was diagnosed an auntie,1 of my fathers sisters was diagnosed,soon after that her daughter was diagnosed & then a couple of yrs after that,another of my fathers sister's was diagnosed.I would like to know if i have the gene so that i can let my daughter know if she has the...

as a breast cancer survivor i am extremely interested in getting the test for my daughter,grandaughter&any other children who may come after that.I had grade 3 breast cancer,had 2 mastectomies&reconstructions.Soon after i was diagnosed an auntie,1 of my fathers sisters was diagnosed,soon after that her daughter was diagnosed & then a couple of yrs after that,another of my fathers sister's was diagnosed.I would like to know if i have the gene so that i can let my daughter know if she has the gene & she would be able to make an informed choice about what to do.

Jackie Perry
Jackie Perry
  • Jackie Perry

you need to let your dr know you want to be tested for the BRCA gene, there are numerous ones they test for. the test itself is expensive but you insurance pays a big portion. A nurse tried to talk my cousin out of having it done, stating some stupid reasons, It is important for you to know if you have it or not.

Jackie Perry
Jackie Perry
  • Jackie Perry

I was told there is a 50/50 chance my kids could have it, my sister got tested and she was negative, meaning it stops with her so her kids do not need to get tested. The children have to be 18 to be tested, if they test positive it just means they have to be monitored every three months with breast MRI's and mamograms. They can still live a normal life but when they have finished having children they need to go ahead and have a mysectomy and possibly have the ovaries out if BRCA 1 positive.

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