Two of my running buddies who returned to this season's half marathon training team that I coach are breast cancer survivors. One is recovering from her recent double mastectomy, the other from her recent double reconstruction. The first was completely thrown for a loop by her diagnosis; she thought she was suffering from chronic fatigue.
The second knew she had a good chance of developing breast cancer because it ran in her mother's family. She told me this past weekend that, when she recommended to her sister that she have the BRAC Analysis done, her sister reacted as though she was totally immune. I said she's probably in denial.
Christina Applegate's much publicized mastectomy and efforts to make the BRAC Analysis affordable for all women who want it done should, in my mind, have made an impression upon my buddy's sister. I guess not.
So, I pose the question to you:
If you thought there might be even the slightest possibility of developing breast cancer, based on family history, would you have the BRAC gene test done, or not?
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