Get Ahead of Cancer: Create Previvors – Breast Cancer Awareness
View our resources, including a conversation about how to improve care for high-risk women, online and in-person support tools for hereditary cancer risk assessment and testing, plus fertility preservation options. Listen to our webinar, “More Informed Treatment with Hereditary Cancer Testing: A Panel Discussion,” to hear from Women’s Health clinicians and their patients.
Get Ahead of Cancer: How Previvors Protect their Health
Previvors are healthy people who know they inherited a high risk for cancer, and can take action to lower their risk. Genetic testing can open up options to protect you and your family’s health.
“I did it for my children, to make sure they knew I was going to be around for them, because my mom wasn’t for me.” – Katie, carrier of a high-risk BRCA1 variant, Cancer Previvor
Sisters and a Cancer Prevention Support Team
BRCA1 mutation carrier, Breast Cancer Previvor
Previvor Perspective: Discovering Genetic Cancer Risk
Hannah’s mother died from breast cancer when she was six years old. Her mother was 40 years old. Hannah’s older sister Katie had genetic testing and learned that she was a carrier for a BRCA1 mutation. During an annual checkup, Hannah’s OB/GYN noted her mother’s young breast cancer diagnosis. He told Hannah not to leave that day without getting her blood drawn. Hannah learned she carries the same BRCA1 variant as her sister.
Genetic Information Shifts a Breast Cancer Journey: Amy’s Story
BRCA1 mutation carrier, Breast Cancer Survivor
Survivor’s Perspective: “Talk About Family Cancer History”
Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. Her doctor recommended a lumpectomy and radiation. While her young diagnosis qualified her for coverage for genetic testing, she was not offered testing by her clinician. Five years after her diagnosis, she switched to a new care team. Her new doctor’s first question was “Why haven’t you been tested?” Amy tested positive for a BRCA1 mutation. After her diagnosis, Amy discovered that her paternal grandmother also had an early breast cancer diagnosis. She now knows the gene mutation runs in her family. Amy recognizes she could have reduced surgeries and complications if she had genetic testing with her original diagnosis. She is now an advocate for her three daughters to get tested at age 18.
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