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Question from TammyD: My sister did not think it was necessary to have the gene testing done because she had a double mastectomy. She can not afford to have the testing done because of the huge expenses she has already incurred. I would like to know if she has that gene so that I could get tested and know where my health risks are. Do you know of an organization that provides testing for a low cost?
Answers - Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. There is an assistance program through Myriad Genetics labs, which is the commercial testing. Another option is participating in a research test that could offer testing. This would most likely be found at an academic institution that does genetic research.

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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