Teri L. Wallis
Teri L. Wallis

Knowing would not change the way I approach my health care. I assume that I am at risk (even high risk), and coupled with my own vigilance, I choose to see my healthcare professional for the appropriate exams and tests on an annual basis. If cancer comes my way, I will address it then. A double masectomy is not the 100% insurance against breast cancer that many women believe it to be.

Ethel D. Brooks
Ethel D. Brooks
  • Teri L. Wallis

as a woman who had it done because I was high risk, my oncologist told me it really takes it down 90% than just sitting around waiting and worrying???

Danielle Platt-Brown
Danielle Platt-Brown

I Have Taken BRCA1 And Tested Negative Which Has Been Such A Relief For Me My Mom Died From I Arian Cancer @ 51 And Grandmother Had Breast Cancer. My Health Insurance Covered Do To Family Hx. Also Beth Israel Oncology Offered To Cover If Insurance Wouldn't.

Eileen de Lapp
Eileen de Lapp
  • Danielle Platt-Brown

I am a low risk as there's no family history, but I would definitely take the test and have my breasts removed if I were Angelina Jolie. Good on her for speaking out about her decision! I believe the testing is very expensive in Australia, that's something that should be addressed.

Connie Jean
Connie Jean
  • Danielle Platt-Brown

Remember only 5-20% if BC is hereditary. Make sure you continue to take care of yourself even with a negative BRAC result.

Dan Rila
Dan Rila

This shit happens to real people to. So what's your point?

Sheryl Stern Titone
Sheryl Stern Titone
  • Dan Rila

The point is that with all the monies these 'charitable foundations' collect, why aren't these cancer tests free? We ARE all real people.

Dee Evans
Dee Evans
  • Dan Rila

i have been thru this Dan so what is the point i have 1 daughter left and one that died from breast cancer 5 years ago sept7th i have grand daughters and 3 greats so what is the point this is my point tyvm. i hope you never have a loved one that u lose or ever gets it ok dont mean to be mean or rude

Stephanie May
Stephanie May

I would not take the test, because a likelihood does not mean it will actually happen. I don't want to get all worried over nothing.
There is a tendency towards cancer in my family anyway,so I think that the gene is probably there.
I encourage women to go for their mammograms and cervical screenings ,as that is proper precaution. Such measures can spot breast cancer early and save lives. But testing for the gene just seems like needless fuss to me!

Brenda Hill
Brenda Hill
  • Stephanie May

My mother age 69 was faithful about her paps and mammograms all the time. By the time her ovarian cancer was found it was stage 4 and NO hope.with in 6 weeks I lost my mother. So not such great advice but I'm sure you meant well

Stephanie May
Stephanie May
  • Stephanie May

Oh Brenda I am so sorry about your mother. I really am.

Melissa Anne
Melissa Anne

I would definitely take this test and hope more people will too, such a great thing to do to eliminate the risk and possibility of getting breast cancer,, x

April Hoffmann Makos
April Hoffmann Makos

I forgot to add-- my insurance paid for the genetic tests but I would have paid for it anyway. I know it was around 1-2k for the testing so its definitely expensive. It's a gamble. If you pay out of pocket and don't test positive for either BRCA 1or 2, you may feel slighted. But if you do test positive, it lets you know that your risk of developing breast cancer is 87% and for ovarian cancer it's 50%. Those are too high of risk factors for me to ignore. It's a personal choice. I am now left...

I forgot to add-- my insurance paid for the genetic tests but I would have paid for it anyway. I know it was around 1-2k for the testing so its definitely expensive. It's a gamble. If you pay out of pocket and don't test positive for either BRCA 1or 2, you may feel slighted. But if you do test positive, it lets you know that your risk of developing breast cancer is 87% and for ovarian cancer it's 50%. Those are too high of risk factors for me to ignore. It's a personal choice. I am now left with the daunting task of deciding when to tell my daughter that she has a 50% chance of carrying the genetic mutation. Actually my boys could have it too. But considering she is only 10, I have time. These are hard hard decisions to make. But I do not think its fair for people to pass judgement on Jolie's decision.

Tania Pangratiu
Tania Pangratiu
  • April Hoffmann Makos

Do you know for how much?

April Hoffmann Makos
April Hoffmann Makos
  • April Hoffmann Makos

How much I paid? I think my co-pay was a couple hundred dollars.

Coleen Sorkin
Coleen Sorkin

I had hodgkins diesease in 1983. My mother had breast cancer 2006 and my aunt passed away in 2002 from ovarian cancer. I have already looked into the testing but my insurance would not cover it and I cant afford it. Hope with recent developments it becomes a covered test and more affordable.

Lisa Lockett
Lisa Lockett
  • Coleen Sorkin

How much does it cost to be tested? Which insurance do you have ? My mother and aunt had stage 4 Breast Cancer....I want the test!

Coleen Sorkin
Coleen Sorkin
  • Coleen Sorkin

Blood test was $3000.00. I checked two years ago. I have oxford freedom. Good luck. Be well

Ruth Minsk Whitehead
Ruth Minsk Whitehead

I work for a large Oncology practice in Florida & know the importance of BRCA testing. Those who are at risk can not afford NOT to take advantage of this testing. I commend Angelina Jolie for taking a stand against breast cancer.

Debra Picard
Debra Picard

I am not a true candidate for the BRCA, but I believe that for the high risk population, all insurances should pick up the cost. Women need to be proactive with the healthcare wether they can afford it or not

Lisa Crowther
Lisa Crowther

My daughter developed breast cancer at 22 with no family history at all. I think Angelina is very brave and I dont think she thinks shes any better than anyone else. I think its fantastic that someone known to everyone comes out and tells their story and encourages women to take control of their own health. Lets face it we all know if your not famous then your obviously not known world wide like she is so good on her. She could have just had it done and not told anyone!!!!!
At least this way its out there!!!!!!!!

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