16 Things Doctors Wish You Knew About Breast Cancer Genetic Testing

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Most breast cancer isn’t inherited

Mammogram snapshot of breasts of a female patient on the monitor with undergoing mammography test on the background. Selective focus

Most cases of breast cancer don’t have a genetic link, surgeon Ali Cheaito, MD tells Reader’s Digest. As far as researchers can tell, only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers fall into the inherited category. Another thing to keep in mind is that a positive genetic test doesn’t mean you will get breast cancer; likewise, a negative result doesn’t mean you won’t get it. That’s why it’s a good idea to take precautions—here are 50 everyday habits that cut your risk of breast cancer: Genetic testing can only reveal whether you are at an elevated risk for certain kinds of cancer.

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