Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
I have been doing a small amount of research on the BRCA 1 and 2 tests, but my family is not very helpful in providing information. I have spoken with a geneticist and she tells me that I need a family pedigree to determine something about my chances of cancer. I am more concerned with my chances of breast cancer, as my mother had it twice, the first time at 44 years of age. I realize this increases my chances. There have been a couple of family members tested, but no one has come up positive. Breast cancer has affected 3 of my grandmother's sisters. And the children of the sisters who did not have it, developed breast cancer. What else can I do since my family is not very helpful?
Sounds like you already have a pretty comprehensive pedigree outlined. Chart what you know and show it to your doctor. Discuss the process of getting tested for the gene. Some people in your situation prefer not to know. Others want as much information as possible. Your family may not be very supportive. This does not need to stop you but it should not surprise you either. You have much to weigh out here. This is a very personal journey.