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  •  Hmm, the meaning here is unclear (0+ / 0-)
    in this case a test that has probably saved thousands of lives and probably thousands of mastectomies or ovariectomies
    do you mean the test has saved lives by guiding women to have mastectomies or ovariectomies?  Somehow reading through that sentence I got the opposite impression . . .
    •  That is partially what I meant. (1+ / 0-)
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      In cases where the test identifies a predisposing mutation, a combined mastectomy/ovariectomy eliminates the risk, and I know at least one person who took that route. On the other hand, in the case of women with a family history, the test could demonstrate that they did not inherit the mutation and that there is no reason for an operation. My apologies for the mangled text. I hope my meaning is now clear.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:05:26 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the response (0+ / 0-)

        to me, this seems like quite a serious issue, but rather minor as compared to others who opt to have important body parts removed based on the results of tests like this, for example from CNN:  Christina Applegate: Why I had a double mastectomy

        To me, as a male, I of course don't have any good perspective on this - but I suspect that paying $3,000 (or having an insurance company that paid that amount out) would be a rather minor expense compared to the consequences of going through with the procedure .. . .

        •  Right. (1+ / 0-)
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          Both the physical and psychological consequences are profound. So, a test like this could save someone a lot of suffering.

          For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

          by Anne Elk on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:47:06 PM PDT

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