Since there was breast cancer on Roger's side of the family, we had Hillary, our daughter, get a baseline mammogram at 25. We also paid out-of-pocket for an annual mammogram for several years until her insurance picked up the bills. The shocking call came in July 2011 with the discovery of her having breast cancer in one breast at 37. There is NOTHING that can compare to having a sick child. She was diagnosed with DCIS, Stage Zero, Estrogen Receptive, no BRACA gene. She and her husband decided on a double mastectomy due to family history, her young age and a failed lumpectomy. Wise choice since the biopsy on the other breast showed pre-cancer cells. Today she is happy and healthy.
Another shock came on January 13, 2012, when I was told I had breast cancer. Knowing there was no breast cancer in MY family history, I had them double check. Yep. I had it. It was probably the result of hormone replacement therapy. My breast cancer was Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 1, Estrogen Receptive, ONCA Gene Score of 39. On January 25, 2012, I had a lumpectomy and my radiation started a week later followed by several months of chemo. I didn't have a double mastectomy because having an ONCA score that high meant I would most likely have cancer somewhere else in the future. Having chemo brought my chances from 39% to 19%. Today, I also am healthy and happy.
If it hadn't been for cancer research, the BRACA test nor the ONCA test would be here to save other lives.
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