Brace yourselves, everybody. We're going to be talking about boobs again. The results are in from my mom's genetic test. Drumroll please.......and it's negative. She does not have the breast cancer gene. Which means that in all likelihood I don't either. Can we all say WHEW!
So, obviously this is good news. There is still a very small chance that there is some other genetic factor going on. I could explain it but it would involve pie charts, genetic probabilities, a fairly complicated family tree and frankly, I'm just not sure I'm up to that this morning.
I can't tell you how relieved I am. I mean sure, there's still a chance I could get breast cancer -- I mean, we all could I guess. But it just doesn't seem like as much of a certainty as it once did. And it doesn't feel like some horrible genetic legacy I'll leave my daughter and my son. Yes! I said my son. Although it happens fairly rarely, men do get breast cancer and the breast cancer gene can also lead to prostate cancer in men.
So, yay! What a relief. Now I can find something else to worry about.
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