Family learns BRCA test was wrong — after 7 women had major surgery
(Sara Dorn/ New York Post) — A series of lab tests that detected a potentially dangerous gene in seven women from one family were wrong, the family learned earlier this year — after they underwent major surgeries to reduce their chances of cancer.
“I treated my test results like the Bible,” Katy Mathes, a 37-year-old Colorado elementary school teacher told The Wall Street Journal. “There was no questioning the report.”
The results showed she had up to an 84% risk of breast cancer by age 70; the risk for the general population is about 7.3% at that age.
Mathes, her younger sister, their mother and four relatives had surgery to remove their ovaries and fallopian tubes. Mathes and her sister also had double mastectomies. (…)read full story