BRCA1+ carrier: Why I chose prophylactic surgery
I’m lucky. Because although I’ve worn the all-too-familiar MD Anderson patient
wristband off and on since July 2015, I’ve never actually had cancer. And I have
my doctor and MD Andersonto thank for that.
During a routine checkup several years ago, my physician asked if my mother
had ever been tested for hereditary cancer syndromes. She knew that my mom
is a 20-year breast cancer survivor whose family has a long history of that
disease. So I asked my mother about it. Mom said she hadn’t ever been
screened, so a few months later, she underwent genetic testing. And to our
surprise, she tested positive for the BRCA1 mutation, which increases a carrier’s
risk for breast and ovarian cancer.