Genetic Testing

Published on 13 February 2021 at 09:05

I received my genetic testing from Invitae through my oncologist. When I found out I was BRCA1 positive it was important for me to have my kids tested and let my siblings know as well. 

Since I'm positive, my kids have a 50/50 chance of getting that gene from me. Now that my daughter is 26 it is more important than ever she get tested. It's at her age I feel every women shoukd be tested...for free! Also, it is just as important for men. 

Men that are positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2 are also at risk for breast cancer, prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer. This is why my son will also be taking the test.

In my hands is my sons test kit. It's a saliva test, just as you would do for things like 23&me. You spit in a tube and send it in. That simple!

Since I was positive these kits were free for my kids. Invitae charges $250 otherwise. Honestly, I think it's worth for piece of mind. 

There are other sources to get genetic testing but check with your doctor first. They may offer it or have sources for you. 

Also, to the ladies out there, not only consider genetic testing but also ask your doctor about testing your CA125. This is just about the only other early detection for Ovarian Cancer.



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