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    Default After cancer-prevention surgeries, women learn BRCA gene test may have been wrong

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    December 24, 2019

    Seven women in one family had major surgery after a widely used genetic test, taken by hundreds of thousands of people, showed a high cancer risk. But years later, the family has learned the results of that BRCA test might have been wrong.

    Katy Mathes, a teacher, was in her early 30s and married with a young son, when she decided to take a genetic test to check her risk for cancer. Shortly after, she learned she had a mutation on a BRCA gene, which significantly raises a person's risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
    "It was very alarming," she said. After struggling over what to do, she underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes and had a double mastectomy.

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    Default Re: After cancer-prevention surgeries, women learn BRCA gene test may have been wrong

    "Marry in haste, repent at leisure" could be applied to this situation. I have so little confidence left in the medical profession that I haven't had a mammogram for over 15 years.
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