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Question from Ev: Hi, why are we who have breast cancer not tested at the time of diagnosis for estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels?
Answers - Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. The typical tumor is analyzed for estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and HER2. Pathologists comment on lymphovascular invasion and the grade of tumor.

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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