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- Question from Bugaloo: I have the BRCA1 gene and got breast cancer 2 months later (also had it 18 years ago). My daughter, age 33, also tested positive for BRCA1 gene. I've had a double mastectomy and ovaries removed. What would you recommend she do as a preventative measure?
- Answers - Terri McHugh Your daughter should meet with medical professionals to discuss the options for screening with early detection and risk reduction surgery. In the setting of a BRCA1 mutation, risk reduction bilateral oophorectomy is recommended after completion of childbearing. Certainly this does place a woman in surgical menopause and its associated symptoms. It has been shown that the earlier oophorectomy is performed in a BRCA1 mutation carrier, the greater the risk reduction for breast cancer.
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