What are my options if I test positive for a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation?

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What are my options if I test positive for a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation?

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A positive test result indicates that a person has inherited a known mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and has an increased risk of developing certain cancers. A positive result provides information only about a persons risk of developing cancer. It cannot tell whether cancer will actually develop or when. Not all women who inherit an altered gene will develop breast cancer. If you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer, test results may influence your surgery and treatment decisions. If you have not been diagnosed with breast cancer, test results may help you make choices that could reduce your risk of getting cancer or help detect cancer early. Genetic counselors can guide you and explain all of your options thoroughly. Your options may include: Increased surveillance: You may choose to be monitored more closely for any sign of breast cancer. This may include more frequent mammograms and sonograms, MRIs, breast exams by your doctor, and breast self-exams. Preventive surgery: You may

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