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Should I consider genetic testing for breast cancer genes?

This depends on your family and personal history of cancer. Hereditary "red flags" would be: early onset breast cancer; constellations of cancer, e.g., breast and ovarian cancer in the same family or especially in the same woman; male breast cancer; "too much" breast cancer" on the same side of the family; pancreatic cancer; and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. You could try our MyGenerations program to see how your own family history fits in.


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