Breast Cancer Facts, 10/27

We have the ATM mutation in my family. It is a germline mutation similar to BRCA and includes breast and other types of hormonally driven cancers. I don’t fully understand the details of how it works, but we have seen in my family that the mutation seems to have a more aggressive affect in each subsequent generation.

What does this mean for my family? 4 out of the 6 of us (yes, I have 5 siblings) have been tested and 2 of us are positive, me and my sister who is 18 months younger than I. Two of my siblings have yet to be tested. Our children, there are currently 5 grandchildren for my parents, are too young to be tested.

Will the mutation get stronger in my children’s generation? Possibly. We don’t know yet. What I do know is that we will educate the next generation far more than we were so that they can make the best decisions regarding their own children.

For instance, I tell as many people as possible that they should get genetic testing done before undergoing fertility treatments. There are also options to select genetic components that don’t pass along a genetic mutation to children. I get that there are ethical considerations and I’m not advocating for any particular choice.

I’m advocating for education, for people to understand what decisions they are making. I didn’t know what I didn’t know and I want better for my children.

4 thoughts on “Breast Cancer Facts, 10/27

  1. I’m so impressed that you’re taking a personal challenge and instead of sinking inward, you’re teaching people, elevating people, probably saving lives of people you don’t even know. Thank you. I’m calling you my honorary nurse friend !

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