Mar 2, 2008 02:53PM otter wrote:
Thanks for posting that, Anne.
I have a referral to meet with a genetics counselor in about 3 wks. There is no ovarian cancer in my family, but my maternal g-mother and one of my mom's cousins had BC pre-menopause. That, plus a scattering of prostate cancer among male relatives on that same side of the family prompted my surgeon to make the referral.
I still don't know if I would agree to be tested for BRCA, though. For one thing, I don't think my insurance would pay for it. There aren't enough first-degree cases of BC and/or ovarian cancer to meet their criteria. The problem is, there aren't enough females on that side of the family to provide a good sample size; and I don't think they count prostate cancer in their formula for "medical necessity."
Good story about a strong family. Thanks.