Gene testing

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 5:21pm

It's always wise to be proactive with your health, and a good place to start is by looking at your family history.

Oncologist S.J. Vukelja from Trinity Mother Frances Hospital says if breast cancer does run in your family you should take the genetic test.

This test identifies a genetic mutation that is linked to breast and ovarian cancers.

"We are empowering our patient with information that we didn't have years ago that we can give them that, and we can prevent things not just cure things, but prevent them," says Dr. Vukelja.

One family knows first hand the advantage of taking this test.

"I was in the shower and I found lumps in my breast and i put it off for a while..." said Ashley Davis.

Davis later learned she had breast cancer which led her mother to undergo to the genetic test.

"And when you see your daughter facing all the struggle and obstacles she was going through, the only option i had was to do it," said Mary Jackson, Ashley's mother.

It's important to know you can never be to young to be proactive.

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