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Buddy Check 25: Genetic testing can help to better understand breast cancer risk

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In today's Buddy Check 25 report, research shows the breast cancer risk linked to family history may be due to inherited gene mutations or shared lifestyle factors that increase risk.

Julie Herzog is a 5-year breast cancer survivor. A screening mammogram detected her cancer early. She wanted to better understand her risk for recurrence and potential diagnosis of *other cancers. So Herzog opted for genetic testing.

"I've kept up on the research and we do have other types of cancer other than breast cancer, so it kept piling up," said Herzog.

Genetic testing now covers 28 mutations.            

Doctors say knowing your family history and genetic risk can help determine what type of treatment a patient should pursue and give insight to relatives about their risk for the disease.

For Julie, it's a chance to take a proactive approach to managing her health.

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