The Woman Behind the BRCA Gene Discovery

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Sometimes the most stunning advances in science are based on a hunch that a dedicated investigator just can’t shake. That was the case with professor Mary-Claire King. King discovered the region on the genome that eventually became known as BRCA1, the first gene linked to a higher than average chance of developing breast cancer and … Continue reading The Woman Behind the BRCA Gene Discovery

Spare The Nipples Take The Cancer

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 New findings suggest that surgeons performing mastectomies can offer a form of the procedure that allows women to retain the nipple for use in breast reconstruction after breast cancer diagnosis. Now, a reassuring study finds that this type of mastectomy doesn't raise a woman's risk for breast cancer recurrence. "More women are requesting nipple-sparing mastectomy … Continue reading Spare The Nipples Take The Cancer

Unlikely drug may block breast cancer in high-risk women

Scientists might have just pinpointed a nonsurgical way for women at a high risk of breast cancer to minimize their chances of developing the devastating disease. About 12% of all women across the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, about 65% of women with a … Continue reading Unlikely drug may block breast cancer in high-risk women

Not Another Boob Job

It's been a whirlwind since my last post. I have been meeting doctors,setting up fallow ups, preop testing,researching bras and other aftercare items that I might need. I wanted to go a little more indepth about the double mastectomy surgery process, especially for those of you who are considering the procedure. THE SURGEONS: First, I  … Continue reading Not Another Boob Job

First 5k

I was all set to do my first official 5k on May 13th. Got all my bright pink swag to represent my fundraising efforts of raising 600 dollars to help educate and empower others young woman about breast and ovarian health. But what you can never plan for is the weather and mother nature decide … Continue reading First 5k

The Journey Begins

  BRCA Positive Means: increased surveillance i.e. mammograms and MRI's. Starting at age 26 I began alternating mammogram and MRI's every six months. This meant sitting in a breast health clinic with woman of all ages that had breast cancer. Looking into there eyes meant getting a glimpse into what my life would be like with breast … Continue reading The Journey Begins

Broken Brca

BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the best-known genes linked to breast cancer risk. Everyone has these genes, but some people have an inherited mutation in one or both that increases the risk of breast cancer. BRCA1/2 mutations have a 50% chance of being passed down to you from either parent and can affect the risk … Continue reading Broken Brca