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Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2018 06:31PM - edited Apr 10, 2019 10:14PM by Fickleflicker

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Nov 7, 2018 07:47PM Yaniza wrote:

I'm in Nova Scotia. 40 years of age is the minimum age when annual mammograms are suggested.

After 50 routine mammograms are suggested every 2 years.

I'm not a big fan of mammograms. I think and I hope there will be a move to routine MRIS for breast screening..

I hope that with dense breast tissue and your familial history that an MRI is in your future.


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Nov 8, 2018 12:12PM - edited Nov 8, 2018 12:13PM by wallycat

Can a doc in your healthcare system write a RX for an MRI regardless of age? or do they need the "high risk" reason?

Pain is not an indicator (or non-indicator) of cancer; dense breasts in the US have now gotten the "high risk" acknowledgement. If they won't do an MRI for you, can you at least request an ultrasound. My lobular was missed on both mammo and ultrasound, but some gals' tumors get picked up.

If you are allowed the genetic testing, it would certainly assert whether you are higher risk or not (not that it means you will or will not get cancer either way).

I'm so sorry your sister is dealing with this stuff.

Yaniza, DH and I took a motorcycle ride to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I'd move there in a heartbeat!!!

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Nov 8, 2018 08:26PM - edited Apr 10, 2019 10:14PM by Fickleflicker

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Nov 9, 2018 12:08PM moth wrote:

Just FYI, the test BC uses if you qualify for testing is Color Genomics.

I just saw a post that it's on sale right now so if you just want to just go ahead and pay by yourself, now would be the time. It's apparently USD 149.00 until Nov 12. They send you the kit & you just spit in a vial and send it back.

Feb 2020 - Stage IV, mets to lung, liver, mediastinal lymph. Dx at 50 in Dec 2017; Left, IDC, 1.7 cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, TNBC Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Nov 19, 2018 11:40PM HeyLady wrote:

I had the BRAC1 genetics test done. Apparently people of Jewish descent and people with ancestry from Eastern Europe are more prone to carry the gene. I am not a carrier, but have many first cousins who are carriers. Once the "formula" is known the blood test result is known within a month. In our family the "formula" is on file in BC and Alberta with genetics counselling office, with consent. I wasn't worried about myself if I tested positive. I worried if I passed it to my children, both of whom have daughters.

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