I am negative for the BRCA1 gene.
I am POSITIVE for the BRCA2 gene. Crazy.
Here's a good link for info about BRCA.
What does this mean? It means that I have an genetically increased risk of developing breast, ovarian and/or colon cancer.
Hearing that I'm BRCA2 positive is additional confirmation that I made the right decision to have a double mastectomy. Even Dr. Bob said so. Basically with the gene mutation I have up to an 85% risk of developing breast cancer and 60% risk of ovarian cancer. So now we have more information to screen and prevent these cancers from coming back or occurring.
My first step will be to see a Genetic Counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program. From there I'll meet with my OB/GYN to talk about the ovaries. Because at some point they will most likely be removed. Ahhhh, one more thing to deal with.