Sep 26, 2013 - 5:05 pm
Hello everyone! First, i have been reading through some of these posts and am in awe of the support here! I guess I should explain a little... I am 27 year old woman with no children. I have been diagnosed with ovarian cysts in the past (age of 15) but have been on birth control consistently for the past 3 years. I have a pretty extensive history of cancer on the paternal side of my family, as follows:
Paternal Granddfather - Colon Cancer - 73 (in remission for approximately 12 years)
Paternal Great Uncle - Colon Cancer - 75 (died from the disease)
Paternal Aunt - Ovarian Cancer - 52 (in remission for approximately 10 years)
Paternal Aunt - Breast Cancer - 49 (in remission for approximately 2 years)
Paternal Cousin - Breast Cancer - 40 (just finished up chemo about 6-12 months ago, currently in remission)
Based on this history, I was almost certain we have some sort of gene mutation. I spoke with my gynecologist, and she referred me to a genetic counselor, who asked that i inquire from my aunts or cousin as to whether they completed BRCA testing. I did, and they informed me that they did were all tested, did not have the BRCA gene, and are currently testing for Lynch Syndrome (sometime in the fall). They said that their oncologists believe there is a gene mutation, but that it possibly hasnt been pinpointed yet, or there isnt yet a test available.
So, my question would be, even if i dont have the specific BRCA mutation, it seems i would be at a higher risk based on the family occurence? Everytime I feel a pain in my ovaries, or feel bloated, the thought of ovarian cancer crosses my mind. I know the risk is minimal for my age, but I am certainly more at risk due to my family history. I do go yearly to my gynecologists, but am wondering if I should be getting specific blood tests/cat scans/ultrasounds in order to be better prepared for the possibility of getting a cancer diagnosis (perhaps on a yearly or semi-annual basis).
Any information or suggestions would be helpful!