BRCA Genetic Testing - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

BRCA Genetic Testing

Posted: Updated:
  • Wendy Damonte's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Request Remind Me 2 Kit

    Request a Remind Me 2 Kit

         More >>
  • Fish and Pregnant Women

    Fish and Pregnant Women

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:37:10 GMT
    In June the government put out new recommendations telling Americans to eat more fish because of the health benefits. But a new analysis from Consumer Reports says pregnant women should avoid one of the most popular types of fish.
    More >>
    In June the government put out new recommendations telling Americans to eat more fish because of the health benefits. But a new analysis from Consumer Reports says pregnant women should avoid one of the most popular types of fish.More >>
  • Type O Blood Donors Urgently Needed at United Blood Services

    Type O Blood Donors Urgently Needed at United Blood Services

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:02:08 GMT
    United Blood Services is reaching out to all type O donors for a blood donation since their inventories of type O blood is very low today and they need to build inventories going into the long Labor Day weekend.More >>
    United Blood Services is reaching out to all type O donors for a blood donation since their inventories of type O blood is very low today and they need to build inventories going into the long Labor Day weekend.More >>

39-year-old Sherice Torres found out she carried the BRCA gene mutation three years ago. "My mother is a three time cancer survivor and her first incident was in her early 30s so we knew I was at high risk at developing breast cancer myself."

The average woman has a 12% risk of developing breast cancer at some point in their lives.  Women who inherit the breast cancer gene mutation have a more than a 60% increased risk for the disease. Like Angelina Jolie, Torres chose to have a double mastectomy to lower her cancer risk. The mother of two also had her ovaries taken out. "I did this for myself. I did it for my family. I did it so my children would have a mother when they grew up."

Doctors recommend the BRCA gene test for people who have a strong personal or family history of breast cancer. The blood test can run in the thousands of dollars. Women who don't want surgery have the option of undergoing aggressive screening. But Lenox Hill's Dr. Stephanie Bernik says surgery gives patients the best chance to lower their cancer risk. "The decision for some women is extremely easier, other women the decision is very difficult."

Torres waited ten years before having the test done. "I didn't want to know and I think waiting as long as I did is the biggest mistake I made."

She doesn't want other at risk women to put it off like she did.

Written By Wendy Damonte
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.