Breast Cancer Screenings: Is BRCA1 & BRCA2 Genetic Testing for You? by Kim Kusiciel

Cancer Women's Health
7 years ago

Breast Cancer Screenings: Is BRCA1 & BRCA2 Genetic Testing for You?

I am a BRCA carrier and have gone through preventative care as well as increased breast cancer screenings prior to surgeries. Through my experience, I have learned so much about BRCA testing. Here are some things I would like you to know:

  • What is BRCA? BRCA stands for BReast CAncer susceptibility genes. Everyone is born with them, however if you carry a mutation of the genes known as BRCA1 or BRCA2, then you have an increased risk of ovarian and breast (for both genders) cancers, as well as a potential risk for other cancers.
  • Am I at risk? If you have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancers, you should talk to your doctor. You are also at a higher risk if you were previously diagnosed with breast cancer before 50 or if you have had multiple breast cancers.
  • What is the test like? First, you’ll meet with a doctor to go over your family history. If warranted, a simple blood or saliva sample is taken and sent to the lab.
  • What’s next? While you are waiting for your results, breathe and stay positive.

You can learn even more about BRCA by visiting

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Donna John
Such important information for women, @momkusiciel. Thank you for sharing, and I hope you continue to share your knowledge with the tribe.
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
YOUR story is now helping so many! ❤️BRCA testing is so very important.
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Kim Kusiciel! You are incredibly brave and strong. This information is so helpful for other women to know! Hugs!!
Kim Kusiciel
Thank you for the encouragement. Love to you all!
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Thank you for this very useful and informative information. Greatly appreciated!

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