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Women who have been diagnosed with certain types of breast cancer may benefit from seeing a genetics expert and having genetic testing to see if they have an inherited mutation that caused their cancer.
Women with breast cancer and any of the following should consult with an expert about genetic testing:
Breast cancer survivors who have any of the above factors and had a negative genetic test before 2014 should speak with a genetic counselor to see if additional testing is right for them. Genetic testing has improved since then and new tests can find mutations that were previously missed by older tests.
Genetic test results may provide you and your family with additional health information and help you make medical decisions.
The following gene mutations have been linked with an increased risk for breast cancer. Each gene has slightly different cancer risks and recommendations. You should speak with a genetics expert before and after genetic testing to understand which test to order and what your results mean for you and your family.
If you are a breast cancer survivor making decisions about genetic testing, you may want additional guidance or support. FORCE's Peer Navigation Program provides expert reviewed resources and 1:1 personalized peer support by specially trained volunteers who have experienced the very challenges you face.