When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, I was offered genetic testing as cancer, and breast cancer had been very active in my family.
My concern was for my two daughters and for their future health and well-being.
I was tested for the BRCA1/2 gene, which thankfully came back as negative. Wonderful you may think but at the time I still had thoughts that there must be something in our genetic makeup for breast cancer especially to have such a stronghold in my family line.
We were told at the time, that there were other genes but they were not tested, so BRCA1/2 are the only ones looked for. The advice given was for my daughters to seek screening from the age of 30.
Unfortunately, recently, we found out that my other sister ( eldest died from breast cancer), has herself been diagnosed with breast cancer. That makes all three daughters diagnosed with it! As well as other relatives. It has to be genetic. But it isn't the only cancer in the family, parents both died of cancer too.
My sister will undergo genetic testing, but as I came back negative for the BRCA1/2 gene, she should too.
At my recent check up, I told my consultant about my sister, reminded him of family history and all of the above. He did say that the research/ medical people are beginning to look at testing other genes and hopefully by the time my daughters reach 30, testing for these other genes will be more routine.
I can hardly believe my sister now has to go through basically the same process and treatments as I did, and at the same time of year, which is ironic.
She is strong, positive, despite our history, we will fight with her to see the end of this cancer.
Sis, I don't know if you are on here yet, but everyone here is brilliant. You'll get through it. xx
Be interested to know if there are others here who's family have such a bad track record with cancer as we do?