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    Tested for the breast cancer gene?

    BRCA 2

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     madison88 shares she was surprised yet thrilled when Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she was a carrier of the BRCA gene. Many of her family members have had cancer so she and her siblings decided to be tested for the BRCA gene. The test revealed that many of her family members are carriers but in knowing this information they were able to make decisions regarding their futures. 'Our family story is scary yet I feel we are blessed,' she says. Her children have a 50 percent chance of being BRCA gene carriers, but she is hopeful that science will have made great medical advancements by the time her kids are old enough to be tested for the BRCA gene.
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    I just underwent a double mastecomy in Jan of 2013. I have BRCA 2 and did this as a preventative. I have 3 kids and decided they needed a mom more than I needed my boobs! I have 5 siblings and currently 4 are positive, 1 negative and the other has not been tested. My dad is the carrier of the gene. His father had a large family and over the last 10 years we have discovered that most of them have the gene. They have had a crazy amount of cancer in their family and a large portion of the women have done both the double mastectomy and removal of their ovaries. This has hit our family hard and our parents have a huge amount of guilt (my dad really is struggling). I believe we are fortunate to have the information available to us and am so happy that an individual like Angelina Jolie can put this in the headlines to educate people on this topic. I am hoping that once my children are tested, the medical field will have advanced even further so they won't have to go thru this. I haven't looked back once and would strongly encourage others to do the same. I totally support educating the public on this.
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