Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Have Breast Cancer Gene Test?

By    |   Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 10:12 AM

My mother had breast cancer and I’m thinking about having that genetic test to see if I'm at risk (I'm 54). What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
This is a reasonable thing to consider for many women who are at risk of developing breast cancer. But it might be useful for your mother to be tested first, if that is possible.
 
It is not cost effectiveness for the general population to have the test done. This is because the available method is not a comprehensive test for breast cancer prediction, but is mainly a genetic marker of risk in women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
 
Also, a negative genetic test result does not necessarily mean you won't develop cancer. But a positive test result may alert you that you must undergo more frequent cancer screenings or consider other steps to protect yourself.

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