CancerCare.com ran a Q & A article this week which is worth reading:
Ask Dr. Martee Hensley – Test for Ovarian Cancer? The part that interested me was about genetic testing for people with a history of certain cancers in their families:
Knowing the specifics of your family history of cancer will help the doctor determine your own cancer risk. Depending on the details, your doctor may discuss whether it would be useful to test your blood for certain genes that we know can predispose women to breast and ovarian cancer. Women who are known to have these abnormal genes need specialized counseling about how to manage their increased risk of cancer.
Read the entire article by clicking on the link above. Recently while at Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the staff members suggested I get genetically tested. Why? Apparently there is a link between uterine, ovarian and colon cancer. Who knew? Anyway, I have had uterine and ovarian cancer. I thought I was at greater risk for developing breast cancer. But since my mother just died of colon cancer, there was concern in the group. But it’s not that simple. Next stop: Will my insurance pay for this genetic testing which is often considered experimental or unnecessary.
I will keep you updated on what I find out. But don’t hold your breath–one way or the other, it may take a few months to find out.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pattie