Aug 08, 2004 - 6:09 pm
Hi. I'm a 37 year old colon cancer survivor. I have almost a year in of being cancer free. Because I have a storng family history of breast and ovarian cancer, I am on Tamoxifen. (The 5 year plan) Tuesday I go to the doctor to do the BRCA-1 and 2 test. (Maybe)
So, I'm starting to obsess about getting cancer again. I wonder if anyone out there has done the genetic testing and regretted it? If any of you could share your stories about it, I'd appreciate it. From what I gather in the breast cancer discussion groups, some wouldn't do it and the ones that DID are glad that they know. But the reason that they are grateful is for family members to know if they may be at risk due to the abnormal gene and/or protein.
So, what are your thoughts?
I'm not sure if this message is clear. I had Colon Cancer. The fear is now Breast or Ovarian Cancer. There is a test to determine if my cancer is hereditary or spontaneous. If it is hereditary, then my chances for either a reoccurance or new cancers go up.
Knowledge is power, but I'm thinking that it can also be dangerous. Can anyone share a similar experience?
I'm sorry that I keep rambling, but here are some other factors. I have a sister and a daughter who may benefit from the knowledge, of course, it could also make them live in fear. Also the test is expensive and I'm finally getting my colon cancer bills paid. This is another medical bill and my husband just had back surgery. BILLS BILLS BILLS!
I digress, I apologize. Anyway, thanks for any opinions.