Benefits Of BRCA1 Genetic Testing

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Screening and Experiential Report In the recent years, the government in conjunction with news media and public health institutions has been spending millions of dollars in order to increase awareness on the benefit of early detection of breast cancer through the BRCA test. While some scholars have highlighted that early testing is beneficial because it enables women to know their risk of breast or ovarian cancer, other researchers and bioethicists have questioned the benefits of such tests citing that their costs often exceeds their benefits. In this report, I will subject myself for BRCA genetic testing, a 36 year old female living in the United States. The report will provide an extensive assessment of the screening process as I go through…show more content…
In line with this screening process, it is assumed that I decided to undergo a BRCA test after my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Therefore, I want the doctor to conduct a BRCA1 test in order to ascertain my risk of developing the cancer genes. In the first stage of screening, the doctor assesses my background in order identify history of breast cancer. This stage is particularly necessary because, as demonstrated in the previous section, BRCA gene test is a complex procedure that should be offered only to women likely to have inherited cancer genes, based on their family background. Therefore, based on my family background, that is my mother having been diagnosed with breast cancer, I am qualified for the BRCA test. The subsequent stage would involve the assessment of whether I fall within the age group recommended for gene testing. According to Berg and Fryer-Edwards (2010), the BRCA gene test is highly recommendable for women over 30 years of age because women in their thirties have considerable probabilities of developing invasive breast cancer in the next ten years. Precisely, one in 228 women in their thirties is likely to develop breast cancer (Berg and Fryer-Edwards, 2010). To this end, genetic testing is recommended because it will help clarify my breast cancer…show more content…
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