Some breast cancer gene info:
About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child.
Most inherited cases of breast cancer are associated with two abnormal genes: BRCA1 (BReast CAncer gene one) and BRCA2 (BReast CAncer gene two).
Abnormal BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes may account for up to 10% of all breast cancers, or 1 out of every 10 cases.
You are substantially more likely to have an abnormal breast cancer gene if:
- You have blood relatives (grandmothers, mother, sisters, aunts) on either your mother's or father's side of the family who had breast cancer diagnosed before age 50.
- There is both breast and ovarian cancer in your family, particularly in a single individual.
- There are other gland-related cancers in your family such as pancreatic, colon, and thyroid cancers.
- Women in your family have had cancer in both breasts.
- You are of Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern European) heritage.
- You are African American and have been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 or younger.
- A man in your family has had breast cancer.
The average woman in the United States has about a 1 in 8, or a 12-13%, risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. Women who have an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene (or both) can have up to an 80% risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes. Breast cancers associated with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene tend to develop in younger women and occur more often in both breasts than cancers in women without these abnormal genes.
Women with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene also have an increased risk of developing ovarian, colon, pancreatic, and thyroid cancers, as well as melanoma.
There are genetic tests available to determine if someone has an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. A genetic counselor also may order testing for an abnormal ATM, p53, CHEK2, PTEN, or CDH1 gene if it's determined from your personal or family history that these tests are needed.
Despite a drop in breast cancer in very recent years, due to long term studies that proved hormones raised breast cancer/cancer rates in pre menopausal women using birth control and post menopausal women using HRT (hormone replacement therapy), breast cancer still remains the second leading cause of death in women.
Given all the facts above, I have yet to see where genetic testing is part of the medical process on females seeking transition BEFORE they are given high doses of cancer cause hormones. Testosterone is the quick, cheap and easy first step in transition. There are countless trans females with breasts intact on testosterone for YEARS because they cannot afford to have the surgery to remove them. How many of these women has the medical community tested for cancer genes??? The answer is NONE. The ONLY exception would be IF a female seeking transition insisted that that be part of her medical care. How many women seeking transition have asked to be tested for cancer genes? NONE! Females seeking transition would be too afraid to request cancer gene testing because they might not get their precious "T script." But it shouldnt be up to them, it should be up to the medical community (FIRST DO NO HARM) claiming care for their well being! Rather than collude with hetero patriarchy in normalizing lesbians (primarily) via transition!
Even in trans females who have had their breast removed pre testosterone (rare), once they begin using high doses of testosterone, cancer gene or no cancer gene, they still run the risk of breast cancer in the remaining breast tissue left. AND if they do have breast cancer genes, the drop in possible breast cancer risk to 5% from breast removal, immediately goes up with every injection from testosterone therapy, which is ongoing for the rest of the patient's life.
I have a sickening feeling the female Trans Trender community in 20 years time (or less) will resemble gay male communities in the 80's during the AIDS crisis. And the medical community responsible for the crisis will conveniently exempt itself by saying these women chose to transition.