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4 Reasons Why I Don't Want To Lose My Breasts

Debra Jenkins | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Debra Jenkins

Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.

Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions: Personal Choice Is Key

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Barring certain medical factors, however, the patient's preference drives the course of treatment in many cases. It is a personal choice that has significant implications for the patient, as it may affect her appearance, how she feels about her body, and how she thinks of herself as a woman.

I Survived Breast Cancer Myself, But Now I'm Afraid I Passed the Gene to My Kids

Betsy Hnath | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

Now when I see the traits we have in common I secretly apologize, sure that the more features we share, the more likely we share the BRCA2 also. "I'm so sorry," I whisper, tears welling, gazing at my daughter who looks most like me. "I didn't mean it."

To Test or Not to Test: A Question Ashkenazi Jewish Women Must Weigh in Light of a New Breast Cancer Study

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

Decisions regarding genetic testing should never be made lightly. The results of these tests can require difficult and life-altering choices, for yourself and your family. Testing should only be done when you can actually use that information to take steps that will have a major positive health or life impact.

Know Your Risk: Breast Cancer, Family History and Testing BRCA Negative

Samantha Golkin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Samantha Golkin

It was knowing my risks and being vigilant that saved me from the spread of breast cancer, saved me from extensive treatments and saved my life.

To My Daughter On The Eve Of My Mastectomy

Jessica Borelli, Ph.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Parents
Jessica Borelli, Ph.D.

The greatest outcome of this entire ordeal is that I will send a powerful message to my children: that when faced with the most terrifying things in life, their mother is the type of person who, despite feeling immense fear, marches forward.

Tunnel Vision on Breast Cancer Causation Could Cost Thousands of Lives

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Rizzo

Imagine my deep concern that the journal failed to include the substantial body of scientific evidence linking toxic chemicals and radiation to breast cancer. How could this happen? I was not alone in my wondering, and it became very clear to me that I had to set the record straight.

When the Wicked Stepmother Fran Drescher Tells You to Get to Work, Better Listen

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

We all know about the wicked stepmother in the story of Cinderella, and how she orders poor Cinderella to do the cleaning and household chores. The ro...

Myriad Genetics' Latest Attempt to Maintain Its Monopoly on Our Genes Rejected

Sandra Park | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Sandra Park

Myriad's lawsuits can proceed but for now, patients can continue to have a choice when they seek BRCA genetic testing. They can obtain a second opinion before making life-changing medical decisions. And they can decide which laboratory will have their data.

Ask the Mutant: A Difficult Gift to a Child

Eva Moon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Eva Moon

BRCA is a difficult gift. Having a hysterectomy and double mastectomy was no picnic, but I've learned so much, gained new insights and made so many friends I never would have met otherwise. It's led me down paths I never expected, but in spite of it all, I love my life and I'm glad I was born.

What I Learned From Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer at Age 27

Nicole Seagriff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Nicole Seagriff

When turning 27 years old, you expect some major life changes to take place. For some, it's a job promotion. For others, it's marriage or the birth of a child. For me, it was cancer. Just two weeks after my 27th birthday, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer.

What It's Really Like Post-Mastectomy

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 11.14.2013 | Women
Joanna_Montgomery

Those of us who either opted to have mastectomies as a preventative measure, or had mastectomies as a life-saving measure, aren't excited about our "new boobs." In truth, we'll never be the same. We see ourselves differently now when we look in the mirror, because we are different, inside as well as outside.

What I Discovered About My Husband When I Lost My Breasts

Eva Moon | Posted 10.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

After my surgeries it was almost unbearable for him to see my scars. Not because of how they make me look -- that doesn't matter. But because to him they were visible proof that he'd failed, as a man, to protect his woman from harm.

Me and Angelina: Why I Stand By My Decision to Have Preventative Cancer Surgery

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

What do I have in common with Angelina Jolie? We're both moms. We both discovered through DNA testing that we carry the BRCA1 genetic mutation. We both opted for a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to dramatically reduce our risks. And we have both been criticized for our decisions.

Finding Sisterhood: braGGs Reconstruction Bras & BRCA

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

My sister and I are different. We don't share the same political ideals. We took different paths to get to where we are -- she is more family-first and I've prioritized my career. Over time, the five years that separate us seem to have become fewer. Until one day, they completely disappeared.

Personalized Breast Cancer Prevention Plans Can Cut Risk in Half

Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jeffrey Kopman No two patients are alike, but available treatment options don’t often reflect that. Researchers now hope this can change f...

On Angelina and Unknown Genes

Linsey Maughan | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Linsey Maughan

Yes, a double mastectomy and life-changing concerns about cancer have become a part of both Angelina Jolie's and my realities. Unlike Jolie, I was diagnosed with cancer, and a mastectomy of my left breast had been imperative, a non-negotiable.

What To Make Of New Breast Cancer Research On Black Women

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- New research suggests that bad genes may be responsible for more breast cancer cases in black women than has been previously known. About 1...

Breast Cancer Marker Highlighted By Angelina Jolie 'Surprisingly Common' Among Blacks, Study Finds

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- Gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer are surprisingly common in black women with the disease, according to the first comprehensi...

Ask the Mutant: Take Two Limericks and Call Me in the Morning

Eva Moon | Posted 07.28.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

In the end, we all just want to feel whole again. I'm short a few body parts, embroidered with scars and more joyful than I ever expected to be. I can see a future with me in it. Writing and sharing limericks was a small thing, but it made a big difference.

Can We Talk About Sex... and Cancer?

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

We all know that cancer changes a person forever. It clearly changes us physically. It also changes us emotionally. Now here's the part no one really tells you: Cancer really does a number on your sexuality, especially us women.

Lisa Belkin

Today, I Feel Like Angelina Jolie

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents

Allison Gilbert is feeling a lot like Angelina Jolie today. Reading the film star’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times this morning, about the de...

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Patent Debate Reaches the U.S. Supreme Court: Why Everyone Should Care

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

This ongoing debate on gene patents boils down to one simple question: Should anyone, in this case Myriad Genetics, be allowed to patent human genes? For me this case is personal.

Catherine Pearson

Would You Tell Your Kids If You Had The Breast Cancer Gene?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Karen Kramer's children were 9, 14 and 16 when she told them she'd tested positive for a harmful BRCA gene mutation, putting her at much higher risk o...

Celebs, Nonprofits Partner For Lifetime Movie On Impact Of Breast Cancer

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Since 1994, Lifetime Television has been a leader in promoting awareness and activism around the issue of breast cancer. Combining advocacy work with ...