There's a whole world of testing that goes along with taking care of your breasts. Although medical tests can be nerve-wracking — especially when it comes to waiting for results — they are essential in keeping your breasts healthy and getting you proper care if you develop breast cancer. Because of the increased risk of a second breast cancer among BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, some doctors recommend that women with early-onset breast cancer and those whose family history is consistent with a mutation in one of these genes have genetic testing when breast cancer is diagnosed.
Diagnostic tests: Diagnostic tests (such as biopsy) are given to people who are suspected of having breast cancer, either because of symptoms they may be experiencing or a screening test result. These tests are used to determine whether or not breast cancer is present and, if so, whether or not it has traveled outside the breast. MRI for Breast Cancer Breast MRI is a test that should not be used to distinguish between benign and malignant areas, in lieu of a breast biopsy, due to false positive results. Talk to your doctor.
Counseling is required before undergoing genetic testing for breast cancer. During this educational counseling session, a health care provider will fully explain the benefits and risks of genetic.