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Why I Won’t Get The Genetic Test For Breast Cancer

By Cynthia Graber for WIRED. A few years ago, my mother called with an urgent request. She was agitated. She had just come from a meeting of her Jewish women’s group, where she had learned about BRCA1 and BRCA2, the so-called breast cancer genes. She wanted me to get tested. She insisted. I immediately said no. BRCA1 and 2 are some of the most powerful cancer markers scientists have discovered — archetypes of an ever expanding pool of potentially livesaving genetic tests.
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