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Genetic testing is terrifying when you have cancer


Learning that you have cancer is shocking. During treatment, the last thing you want to consider is having cancer ever again.

But for many of us who’ve been diagnosed, especially at a young age, it’s a prospect we must confront.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago at age 31, genetic testing was part of an initial battery of tests. If I was a carrier of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, it would mean that a double mastectomy was without a doubt my course of treatment. Having those mutations predisposes women to developing breast cancer at a young age, as well as in both breasts. Despite what many people think, breast cancer is typically not hereditary,…

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