Should You Have a Breast Cancer Genetic Test?


"Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they're now dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction", says Kirby Reed, Community Development Manager at the American Cancer Society. Generally, a doctor will evaluate your family history and, if you meet certain criteria, refer you to a genetic counselor who will determine if you're a candidate for a breast cancer genetic test.

October reminds us of just how many women we know and love, those who are co-workers, neighbors, friends and family, battle this disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.

Here's how to tell if you may benefit from a breast cancer genetic test.

Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

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There have been significant advancements in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Items such as meat and dairy products, including fatty meats, cheese and butter, generally have saturated "bad" fats.

Help more women celebrate a triumph over breast cancer. Earlier, there have been several reports that showed people with gum disease face a higher risk of certain cancers.

And while Caucasian women and African-American women are afflicted with breast cancer at roughly the same rate, the death rate for African-American women is substantially higher, about 42 percent more, according to the American Cancer Society.

But researchers have long suspected that a "microbiome" exists within breast tissue and plays a role in breast cancer but it has not yet been characterised.