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Question from Hambro: My sister and I have tested positive for BRCA1 mutation and have been the only two so far, since no one else has been tested. I have a daughter who is turning 25. When is the best time for my daughter to receive genetic testing? She has limited health insurance and I'm concerned about discrimination if she is positive and seeking future health insurances.
Answers - Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. Again, it would be wise for your daughter to meet for individual counseling to make this decision for herself as far as timing. We can refer you to the previous question about the status of legislation to protect against discrimination.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference Breast Cancer Risk and Your Family featured Terri McHugh, D.O., and Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. answering your questions about genetics and breast cancer, and how your family could be affected.

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