So. My mother had breast cancer when she was 36. She survived, thrived, and is doing well.
I have been having annual grab and smashes – AKA mammograms – since I turned 30. So far, all is well.
When I went for my yearly last week, the doc suggested that I have a genetic test done to see if I have the breast cancer gene.
I’d never thought about being tested, because I thought that all the test would do was tell me that I have or don’t have the gene and I have an increased chance of having breast cancer. And really, I figured since it couldn’t tell me with 100% certainty when I’d have breast cancer (if I tested positive) or when I’d contract it if I did, there was really no point.
The doctor said if I tested positive I’d definitely 100% have breast cancer at some point in my life. If something else doesn’t take me out before then. I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist.
So I asked her if I took the test and I tested positive what were my options. They are: inncrease the frequency of my mammograms (2x a year I think she said), mammograms plus MRI, consult with surgeon have a double mastectomy. Geez.
I declined the testing. But I’ve done some thinking, and I will go ahead and have it as soon as I can schedule it.
I’ve, of course, done some reading. Everything I’ve read said that my odds – if positive – increase to something like 85%. That’s not 100% as my doctor stated.
I was talking to Smoochy and I told him if I tested positive I wish there were some way for them to pinpoint or at least narrow down a time frame. Decisions I’d make at the age of 41 are radically different than those I’d make if I were to test positive for breast cancer at oh, say 81 – you know?
Anyhoo, I’m all confused and conflicted as to what I’d do if the test comes back positive. Of course, my prayer is that it will not, but I’ve got to think about each possible outcome, it’s just the way I’m wired.
Just wanted to get that off my chest. Pun intended 🙂