September 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #34: Making The Decision To Find Out If You Carry The Breast Cancer Genes

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Many people would want to know if they are at risk for getting an illness. The prospect of getting tested for gene mutations for breast cancer is an important decision that should not be treated lightly. Serious thought should be given to how you will handle the test results from your doctor. If knowing would make you more likely to get regular screenings and have a healthy, positive lifestyle to combat the possibility of cancer, then genetic testing might be a good idea for you. However, if testing positive for a mutated gene causes you to become sad, it is important for you to consider this as well. Regardless if you are tested or not, the best recommendation is to follow your doctor's advice and reduce your chances of developing breast cancer.

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