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Genetic screening and breast cancer

Out of the dreaded diseases breast cancer is one. It is a consequence of hereditary traits, lifestyle and environmental effects which can be identified only by genetic testing. To diagnose the possibilities of breast cancer and to plan the treatment the testing is helpful. Not all individuals who carry genetic traits of breast cancer have the disease but possibilities are high.
Few steps need to be followed by women before performing Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

  • Genetic Counseling Session should be undergone by the women to have a prior knowledge about it.
  • One should mentally prepare oneself on the outcomes of the testing. Many queries and doubts arise but once the treatment is effectively done the women can have a healthy life again.
  • A form is to be filled before the test is carried out just to ensure that the individual has the knowledge of the procedure and the issue is already discussed with the doctor.

The steps in the genetic testing are;

  • Observing the family chart and analyzing the growth pattern of the disease.
  • A blood test is done to check if the disease is as an outcome through genes.
  • Presence of BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene means the women is under mutation and particular treatment is given.
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