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Before committing to any serious relationship, there is probably certain information that should be disclosed that, if not, could have adverse affects down the line. Normally, this could involve addictions, STD's or voting records. For filmmaker Joanna Rudnick in her informative and personal documentary "In the Family," it comes down to the fact her family has a lengthy history of ovarian and breast cancer, leading her to test for the BRCA-1 gene to which she is positive, giving her a 80-90 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer and a 50-60 percent chance for breast cancer in her lifetime. While not exactly a death sentence, it is a Sword of Damocles hanging over her head, as the treatment options even in this age of scientific breakthroughs are limited to removal of the organs which is tricky considering she wants to start a family. If she does go through with it, there is the option of breast reconstruction, which to paraphrase "Drop Dead Diva," will not have you thinking of cancer. In the meantime, all she can do is constantly monitor her health. Well, that's not exactly true, as she also puts her scientific journalism skills to good use to talk to others around the country undergoing the same choices she faces, along with survivors. She also talks to scientists in an attempt to get some answers about the high price tag of the test.(About $3,000 when the film was made.)
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