BRCA Tests Negative!

This is cause for great celebration, for both myself and my entire family. I do not carry the BRCA1 or BRCA 2 genes! (BReast CAncer gene one or BReast CAncer gene two).

Why is this important? Because now I don’t have to agonize over the decision to have more surgery to remove my remaining breast or ovaries. I know, it sounds SO harsh, but as I understand it many women with those genes do have to face that completely agonizing decision. Why? Check out the risks:

The average risk for developing breast cancer is about 12% over a 90-year life span. But women who are BRCA1 or BRCA2 positive have up to an 85% risk of developing breast cancer by age 70.

Additionally, women with these genes are at a high risk for ovarian cancer. Normal risk for ovarian cancer is 1.8%, but according to, “The lifetime risk is about 55% for women with BRCA1 mutations and about 25% for women with BRCA2 mutations.” Harsh.

But I don’t have to cross that bridge, hurray!

Now, it doesn’t explain why every woman on my mom’s side of the family has had breast cancer, but I asked the geneticist about that and she said that with the exception of my aunt and myself, the cancers were age-appropriate which sounds horrible to say but it means that those cancers were within the normal risk factors for the age at which they occurred. I hope that’s clear. Also, she said to check back in a few years, as there may be more genes discovered by then that are related to breast cancer. BRCAI and II are just the ones we know about.



Filed under breast cancer, tests

2 responses to “BRCA Tests Negative!

  1. Jen


    That is fabulous news. So glad to hear it.

    Jen, mom of Grace & Meghan, ZZ Alphas

  2. Nik

    Very pleased to hear that. I do have it but I am a man and it is not so bad for men. You are geneticaly related to vikings!

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