Genetic Testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2: It’s My Choice

I totally plagarized that title from the National Cancer Institute, but I figure if Bernie Madoff’s not in jail a little artistic license of the web ought to be fine. No? BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genetic markers for heightened risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Many women just like me have these markers. Women who have these mutations are much more likely to have breast and/or ovarian cancer at an early age (pre-menopause). Here’s the best factsheet I’ve seen thus far (for the non-scientist).

A Serious Question

Have you been tested for BRCA1 or BRCA2. If you haven’t had the tests, why? I’ll sit quietly and wait for your responses in the comments. On a less serious note this was in my inbox: I need to figure out approximately how much cooked pasta it would take to mostly fill a normal-sized bathtub….Anyone have any idea? The most remarkable thing about this is that it was only upon querying my husband that I realized how bizarre the email is.