As many of you know my mom has been fighting breast cancer since January of this year. Three weeks ago, while she was having her second breast removed, her doctor asked me to have a genetic test done called "swish and spit". This is a new test were you swish mouth wash around in your mouth for 30 seconds spit into a tube and repeat once more. It screens those who are at high risk for cancer and since my mother took the same test and found she was a carrier, I was asked to do the same. The test looks for changes, or mutations, in two genes that are related to breast and ovarian cancer. The two genes are called BRCA1 and BRCA2. Changes in these BRCA genes are rare, but having one increases your chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
Today I got a call from her doctor with the results and results came out positive. This means that I am at a very high risk for cancer and about to go through a series of tests to make sure that I am okay for now. I have to have tons of blood work, have mammograms, MRI's, etc. Aside from myself I was more worried about my daughter, but he said she was fine for now and wouldn't need to do the test herself until she was 25.
During our conversation about my results he asked me if I were through having children. This question came as a shock to me because I didn't expect to be asked that. I told him about losing Laken last year and that my husband and I had thought about maybe having one more in the near future when things settled down around us. He said when I thought that I was finished having children that I needed to think about having my ovaries removed which would end my child bearing days. He went on to say that I should consider removing the tissue from my breast to protect myself and me being so young that I could have reconstructive surgery. I understand his concern and wanting to sheild me for the future, but these are big choices to make. I'm not broken right now so why try and fix me? For a woman these are hard decisions to make. Opinions please?