You should carefully consider whether you want the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation test, which consists of a simple blood test. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks to get your results back.
A serious discussion with a genetic counselor and a medical oncologist who specializes in high risk women is recommended. Risk assessment and counseling should be prerequisites for genetic testing.
We also encourage you to discuss the test with your loved ones. Consider what you would do if you tested positive. Are you ready and able to take proactive, aggressive steps? Will the information cause too much anxiety for both you and your loved ones? These are important questions to consider before choosing to have genetic testing.