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Should Girls Be Tested for Breast Cancer If There's A History of Disease in the Family?

By June 5, 2008 - 8:22am
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ABC ran a pretty interesting story about women who are having their daughters tested for breast cancer if they have a history of the condition in their families. While many women are also opting out of the tests for their children, there is no shortage of controversy.

What are your thoughts? If you were a woman with a strong family history of breast cancer, would you want your young daughter tested? Would it cause unnecessary worry? Do you consider it proactive?

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I have a strong family history of breast cancer in my family. I had breast cancer,which was cured because of early detection...My daughter was just diagnosed with pre-cancer and that was detected early enough to remove the two areas and now shes fine and healthy. The pathology was benign.!! BTW I was 54 when diagnosed and she is 39....
My feeling is that people shouldn't panic when they have a family history of breast cancer they should just be diligent and have routine mammo's.Of course if there is a sign that something is awry then, of couse get medical attention. When you say "young girls", what age are you referring to?
The words breast cancer causes a fear that grips you inside and it's almost impossible to shake off. It takes a lot of strength and support to deal with it. If a young girl gets tested for it I feel that it would put that fear in her that is too much to deal with for a young girl.....

Helen Doyle


June 6, 2008 - 7:34am
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