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It could be your mom, sister, aunt or best friend. One out of eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. A small subset of the women who get diagnosed have inherited an abnormal copy of a gene that runs in families and can greatly increase their risk of certain cancers. One question these women and their families face is: should I get tested to find out if I have a genetic risk? The answer is always a very personal one.