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Question:

If both of my parents already tested negative for BRCA, do I still need to get tested?

Answer:

Don’t assume your parents were tested appropriately, especially if this testing was not done recently. While most cases of cancer are not hereditary, there are multiple genes and genetic changes that can increase the risk for cancer, and testing options improve over time.

If there is a family history of cancer, check if your parents’ tests are up-to-date and, if not, consider getting tested yourself. If there is no family history of cancer, you might not need additional testing.

Find a genetic counselor near you at www.findageneticcounselor.com to help determine your risks and navigate the testing process.

 

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