Ask Amy: Mom opposes cancer screening for girl, 19

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: December 4, 2013 - 1:42 PM

Dear Amy: I am a 19-year-old girl at high risk for breast cancer; it killed my paternal grandmother at age 35, and my maternal aunt was diagnosed at age 56. I want to have my genes screened so I can receive genetic counseling and decide whether a pre-emptive mastectomy would be a wise choice.

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warhammerDec. 5, 1312:10 AM

Mom might not want daughter to get her genes tested for fear that the results will show unexpected (to the daughter) parentage.

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kohoutekDec. 6, 1310:44 AM

I chair a genetics and genomics education program and also recommend that anyone concerned about a cancer risk to also get genetic counseling. This may involve testing, but mainly draws up a family health history tree, which puts the testing in context. Genetic counselors should be available locally and can answer questions about testing, risks, and common fears and misconceptions that the public has.

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stupid03Dec. 6, 13 2:07 PM

regarding the gay wedding shower - the important thing here isn't who the person is marrying - you're having the shower to celebrate your co-working getting married. to whom doesn't matter.

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fatredneckDec. 8, 13 7:43 PM

@stupid03 - Certainly you are not stupid. Not at all. Very well said!

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mustang07Dec. 9, 13 1:37 AM

Mom's an idiot. Get yourself tested.

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