I have a really important question for you. Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with breast cancer? If so, I want you to as your doctor about genetic testing. Do it! Do it this week! You owe it to your health to find out your hereditary risk.
If you don’t have breast cancer in your family, you aren’t off the hook: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. And 90% of breast cancer is not considered hereditary.
Educate yourself. You’ll be glad you did. Here are a few really great resources, books, and ways to take action.
Dr. Susan Love has been a prominent advocate for preventative breast cancer research for decades. She believes that the best way to end this disease is through prevention and basic scientific research. We must understand the causes of cancer before we can cure it.
Here are 31 interesting myths and truths you should understand about Breast Cancer. Simple…to the point. The truth may surprise you!
This is the story of fellow Previvor, Claudia Gilmore, who had the courage to document her experience with a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. “Previve is about taking control of your destiny. A young woman empowering herself to say yes to the life she loves and no to the cancer that is trying to claim her future.”
Everyone has heard of the Human Genome Project by now, right? Well, the Cancer Genome Project is using the human genome to sequence identify gene mutations critical to the development of cancers.
Bright Pink is a national organization based in Chicago, which offers resources and community support for high risk young women. This was the first resource available to me when I found out I was BRCA1+, and I want to thank Lindsay Avner and all the brave women at Bright Pink for creating this fantastic community!
FORCE is my other favorite resource for Previvors. In fact, the term ‘Previvor‘ came from FORCE, and I think it is a very powerful word to describe the growing community of women who are BRCA+. The mission of FORCE includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer.
This is a FANTASTIC online community started by women in the UK. I recommend it for anyone who wants to ask questions, vent, or share stories with other previvors.