Genetic Test for Cancer

Article Date: Oct 24, 2013

Brandi Preston was just 14-years-old when she lost her mom to breast cancer. Her mother had the gene mutation BRCA. Her grandmother carried it, too.

"It was kind of like - it's a ticking time bomb. You're just waiting for it to come to you," explained Preston.

Instead of waiting, Brandi met with a Genetic Testing Counselor to see if she had the gene. Her DNA was collected by a simple mouthwash sample and in less than two weeks the results were in.

"I kind of knew what my result was going to be - and she was like, 'your positive'," said Preston.

According to Twilla Westercamp, Algent Creighon Health's Certified Genetic Nurse, "If somebody inherits that - then they will not necessarily always get cancer, nor will they die from it, but they are at increased risk."

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