Learn Something

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 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 those who are diagnosed have no known hereditary risk.

Educate yourself.  You’ll be glad you did. Here are a few really great resources, books, and ways to take action.

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

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.

31 Myths and Truths About Breast Cancer

Here are 31 things you should understand about Breast Cancer.  Simple…to the point.  The truth may surprise you!

Cancer Genome Project

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.

Previve

The original story of Claudia Gilmore, who had the courage to document her experience with a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy in detail.  “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.”

FORCE

FORCE is a fantastic resource, and advocacy group for high-risk young women.  Their mission 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.

Bright Pink

Bright Pink is a national organization based in Chicago, which offers resources and community support for high risk young women.

BRCA Umbrella

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.


 

 

 

 

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