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Lisa Higginbotham Carter

4 years ago i took the BRAC's test, but not because i was concerned about being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but because I had been told I had Breast Cancer. My grandmother had Breast Cancer and a Cousin as well, i became the third member of my extended family to be diagnosed. Once you have been diagnosed lots of decisions have to be made. Do you elect to have a masectomy or just a lumpectomy (my choice), do you follow your treatment of chemo and radiation with preventative drugs or not....

4 years ago i took the BRAC's test, but not because i was concerned about being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but because I had been told I had Breast Cancer. My grandmother had Breast Cancer and a Cousin as well, i became the third member of my extended family to be diagnosed. Once you have been diagnosed lots of decisions have to be made. Do you elect to have a masectomy or just a lumpectomy (my choice), do you follow your treatment of chemo and radiation with preventative drugs or not. i took the test to determine if i carried the gene which would only mean that my percentage of a reoccurance would go up. I also didn't like the idea of taking a preventative drug which also raises the percentage of developing uterian or ovarian cancer which also runs in the family. I was negative for the BRCA test. I elected to have a lumpectomy, required radiation only, and no preventative drugs. Still had the 5 years of constant monitoring and testing and so far all is well. It's important that one understands that what Angelina Jolie did will not prevent her from being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. it will only give her peace of mind by lowering her percentage of being diagnosed and it's a forever life changing decision. During my radiation treatment, I met a young girl who had elected to have a masectomy and was back again being treated for Breast Cancer again. i suggest if you are not currently diagnosed with Breast Cancer that you consult with you doctor about what you will do with the information you receive before you get the test. It's not always covered by insurance and it's expensive. My surgeon and oncologist are the best and they were very open an honest about the pro's and con's of a double masectomy. The hardest three words I've ever had to say were "I have cancer'....today i am able to say "I'm Cancer Free'.

Gayle Sookikian Kasabian

Both my mother and I had breast cancer. Insurance wouldn't pay for the test because we were over 50. I wish it wasn't so expensive.

Joyce Stapp Roberts
Joyce Stapp Roberts
  • Gayle Sookikian Kasabian

I rest my case! (see my post above)

Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones

My mother died when I was 29of breast cancer I was just told I have colon cancer lost a father with lung cancer I had the part of my colon with cancer removed but they said I needed chemo just cause your family had it you can get it somewhere else have check ups and role the dice

Rebecca McDaniel
Rebecca McDaniel
  • Barbara Jones

Prayers for you Barbara jones

Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones
  • Barbara Jones

Thank you I except all the prayers I can get I never give up

Kitt Najroda
Kitt Najroda

Jolie is extremely irresponsible. Is she going to pay for all the women who cannot afford to get the BRCA gene test to get the test? And is she going to pay for all the women who test positive and who are truly at risk to get a double mastectomy and reconstruction?

Tina Baumann Meyer
Tina Baumann Meyer
  • Kitt Najroda

Maybe by her doing it it'll bring more attention to the test and how valuable it is!

Kitt Najroda
Kitt Najroda
  • Kitt Najroda

One would hope. But, until it's covered by insurance and/or the government, her going public could end up causing more harm and fear than good.

Linda Arsenault
Linda Arsenault

Very sad that still we haven`t gotten rid of cancer.

Lisa Rondeau
Lisa Rondeau
  • Linda Arsenault

There is and has been a cure. Pharmacuetical companies wont let it be known. So we die.

Donna Hill
Donna Hill

You need another choice on your poll: X. I already have breast cancer

Chrissie Small
Chrissie Small
  • Donna Hill

Sorry to hear that, would you still do the BRACA test to see if you had the gene?

Lutie Hileman
Lutie Hileman

. I had a double mastectomy. Will not get reconstruction surgery. Just be me. Plus no bra is terrific.
Celebrate life daily with no regrets. By Lutie Hileman

Chrissie Small
Chrissie Small
  • Lutie Hileman

:)

Cheryl Meek-Shenkner Rickel-Chapman

I HAVE ALREADY HAD BOTH REMOVED BUT ONLY HAD CANCER IN RIGHT SIDE BUT IT WAS BU CHOSE FOR THE LEFT SIDE BUT IT WOULD BE NICE IF THAT WAS PART OF THE SCREENING FOR BREAST CANCER IT MIGHT EVEN SAVE MY DAUGHTERS LIVES ALSO

Chrissie Small
Chrissie Small
  • Cheryl Meek-Shenkner Rickel-Chapman

Yes, well reasoned and good on you!

Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas

I was first diagnosed at age 36. No family history, had 3 children before age 30, breast fed all 3 and tested negative for BRCA 1&2. I am now a stage IV Metastatic breast cancer fighter.

Gretchen Jones
Gretchen Jones
  • Kathy Thomas

That is what I want people to know. The test isn't accurate and it is a waste of $3000. I know of 4 people that had the test, all tested negative and all got diagnosed with breast cancer. I just came thru breast cancer. I have 3 daughters and I won't do the test. They may never get diagnosed. If the do their annual tests, they should be fine. I did a double mastectomy because I was told every year the other breast could also turn to cancer. I didn't want to worry about it. But it is my...

That is what I want people to know. The test isn't accurate and it is a waste of $3000. I know of 4 people that had the test, all tested negative and all got diagnosed with breast cancer. I just came thru breast cancer. I have 3 daughters and I won't do the test. They may never get diagnosed. If the do their annual tests, they should be fine. I did a double mastectomy because I was told every year the other breast could also turn to cancer. I didn't want to worry about it. But it is my understanding that now if you want both taken, they have to let you. Mine was paid for with insurance. I will pray you get thru your fight!!

Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas
  • Kathy Thomas

Gretchen, When I was first diagnosed (1999) I also asked about removing both breasts and about having a hysterectomy and was told neither one was needed. Well, since I am Estrogen Recepter positive, and estrogen blockers do not block estrogen produced from your ovaries, I think a hysterectomy would have helped!! And of course they think so now. Too late for me. I think all in all it is a crap shoot. They gather the information from your case and take a guess about which way to go....Good luck to you too!

Liz McNally
Liz McNally

I had a mother who had breast,bowel,& lung cancer, a sister & aunty with Breast cancer 2 other Aunties & a grandmother who died because of cancer.I would be interested............

Beth Messler
Beth Messler
  • Liz McNally

Get your screening mammogram done and talk to an oncologist about getting the test done. Just to have a conversation.

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