Finding out I have a Rare Cancer Gene​

Receiving the news that I have a very rare cancer gene at the age 18. Not too many people know of this gene because of how rare it is. My mom tested positive for BRCA2 when I was in high school so that gives me a 50% chance of inheriting the mutation as well. Not only did she test positive but my grandma, aunt, mom and sister did as well.

Ally Davis

Hey!!

 

My name is Ally, I am a small town girl with big city dreams. Currently a senior studying Criminal Justice at a university in PA. You will always catch me getting happy hour with friends and continuing the night on to the dancefloor. Whether it’s iced coffee or a margarita, I will always have a good drink in my hand. I love traveling the world, exploring new places and making new memories.

Finding out I have the BRCA 2 Gene

Not everyone wants to find out this soon but I honestly just wanted to get the testing over with. I went to the doctors, got blood drawn and a week later got a call that I am positive for the BRCA2 mutation.


Only 1 in 500 people have this gene, and every girl in my family has it. The statistics are pretty scary. With this gene, you have an increased risk of breast, ovarian and pancreatic cancers. 


The risk of an average woman of having breast cancer is 12% in her lifetime. With having the gene I have a 45%-69% chance of developing breast cancer. The risk of ovarian cancer for an average woman is about 2% and the risk if you’re BRCA2 positive is 10-27%. I know that’s a lot of statistics, but I feel like that’s the easiest way to put it. 

It is honestly so scary thinking about the chances I have of getting cancer compared to everyone else. I have been seeing a breast cancer doctor for 4 years now and normally, women don’t start to see them until the age 40. Just because I have the gene, does not mean I am going to get cancer, but it gives me the knowledge to help prevent it. By the time I get in my 30s, I will have to start thinking about getting my ovaries removed and getting a double mastectomy. 


If you’re reading this and you have the gene as well, there are so many groups and social media groups to follow that are very supportive! You are not the only one going through this, because I understand how difficult this scary news is. The most important thing to do is keep up with your doctor appointments and yearly screening. I go to the breast cancer doctor once a year and the gynecologist once a year to do preventive screening like mammograms, ultrasounds and check ups. 


Finding this out at such a young age was very scary but I highly recommend getting tested for this gene if cancer runs in your family. 

The link I used for info: https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/brca1-and-brca2-mutations

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