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My Confusing, Uncertain Journey After Genetic Testing

The oversized, boldfaced type and accompanying bar graph, in that shade of pink we associate with breast cancer awareness, blared from the page — but it was the percentage that stood out: 39.2.

The six-page clinical report included nearly impossible-to-understand medical jargon and acronyms, figures and disclaimers. But I just saw “39.2%” — my lifetime chance of developing breast cancer, according to the results of the genetic test my doctor recommended I have.

This figure is more than three times average rate (12.6%) for women of my age and ethnicity, according to the report.

At nearly 57, I had logged seven normal mammograms, but the recommendation to have genetic…

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