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My mom had breast cancer when I was in 6th grade, and my aunt recently died from breast and ovarian cancer. They did the gene testing and found out that they both carry the breast cancer gene. My sister and I were both tested, and neither of us have it, nor does my female cousin. I still check anyway b/c I could still get it, but less likely.
I have a hard lump about the size of a small grape in my right breast below my nipple, but my dr isn't concerned about it b/c it hasn't drastically changed size in a couple years. It really freaked me out, though, b/c it started out about the size of the lump in the fake breast you can feel to see what a lump would feel like.
Not as often as I should. I get squeamish about it and feel anxious about every. little. bump. I wish I was better about it.
Dh has a coworker who's wife was diagnosed with it last year. She had to have a double mastectomy and she'll need to be on hormone therapy for 10 years, which means that their family plans have changed and they'll either stay childless or choose to adopt. She otherwise is doing well, though, so that is wonderful.
I never used to, but I'm currently breast feeding so I am very familiar with them. I should implement a regular routine.
My mom's best friend has had a double masectomy, her mom and aunt passed from it, her sister is currently I believe about 7 years cancer free, her daughter has not been tested but she is very diligent about checking. Its a terrible disease.