Dr Oz, Breast Cancer Gene Test & Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie’s family history for breast cancer and a breast gene abnormality test led her to make a life altering decision to have a double mastectomy. If you have the breast cancer gene like Angelina you run an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer in your life. After she had the double mastectomy performed her risk for getting breast cancer immediately drops to 5 percent, according to Dr. Oz. Angelina could have kept her mastectomy a private matter, but she feels that it’s important to empower women and to be proactive when it comes to breast cancer. Dr. Oz also talks about a breast cancer gene test that can tell you if you carry the gene that increases your risk for breast cancer dramatically.
Breast Cancer Gene Test
Dr. Marissa Weiss, who is a breast cancer survivor herself said that if you have a family history of breast cancer you should talk to your Dr. about the Gene Abnormality test. It is a simple blood test that can tell you know if you carry this gene mutation that raises your risk for breast cancer dramatically. Dr. Oz said that while the test may be scary to take, it can also empower you.
How Much Does The Breast Cancer Gene Test Cost?
If breast cancer runs in your family most insurance companies will cover the test. If your insurance doesn’t cover the test (or if you don’t have any insurance) the gene test will cost between $3,300 and $4,000. Dr. Maria Weiss also said that that if you don’t have insurance there are other ways of finding funding to have the test performed. You should inquire within your local hospital or company that performs the test to reduce out of pocket costs.
Dr. Oz Talks To Women Who Have An Increased Risk For Breast Cancer
Dr. Oz spoke with four women who have breast cancer in there family history. She asked them about their feelings about having the test performed. Would you want to know if you carried this gene mutation? Two of the four women said that they would rather not knowing if they carried this gene abnormality. For them the fear outweighs the knowledge of knowing. Dr. Oz also talked to two twin sister who carried the gene mutation. One decided to have a double mastectomy while the other woman has chosen not to.
Would you opt to have the breast cancer gene test performed if you have a family history of breast cancer or would you rather not knowing?
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