Advice about brca gene testing.
I am a 65 year old female. My preternal grand aunt (my fathers, mothers sister) and preternal aunt (fathers sister) died of breast cancer. My preternal aunts grand daughter was also diagnosed with breast cancer.
I get routine mammograms' yearly. Every time I get a mammogram, I am asked about my families breast cancer history and I am told that genetic counselling is suggested .
I have a 34 year old daughter and she is urging me to go get tested for the brca gene. My dilemma is that if my results come back and I have the brca gene what am I going to do with this information. I can't imagine choosing surgery to remove my breasts and ovaries. I am terrified and would not know how to deal with this. If I choose not to have surgery, what would I do differently to what I am currently doing (yearly mammograms.) How is knowing going to help me?
I am so confused about this and feel like avoiding the whole thing. Would really love to hear from others who have had to deal with this situation.