In this podcast we hear from Devin, a 30-year-old healthy male who underwent genetic testing and counseling and his late 20's. Since it's fairy rare for a young healthy male to go through this process, Devin shared why he made the decision and how it's impacted his life. Devin's family had an extensive history of cancer, including one maternal aunt with ovarian cancer, another maternal aunt with uterine cancer, and his mother who was diagnosed with uterine, ovarian, breast, and kidney all within 2 years. After his mother's genetic testing and counseling revealed that she carried both a BRCA2 mutation and a Lynch Syndrome mutation (a very rare situation), Devin decided to get tested. He felt that the knowledge of these mutations and careful monitoring had saved his mother's life and wanted to have the same tools for his own medical care.
Although his results revealed he carried the BRCA2 mutation, Devin said that having genetic testing did not really change his life. His doctors know his results and will being screening him earlier than normal for certain cancers, but day to day his life is the same. In his own words, genetic testing and counseling isn't something to be afraid of even if you have a strong family history of cancer. Knowledge is power and this is just an extra step you can take to protect yourself.
To listen to or download the full podcast, search “Real Men Get Genetic Counseling” in iTunes or your Podcast app. You can also follow the link here and click on podcast 18.