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

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 ...

Catherine Pearson

Women With BRCA Mutation Getting Cancer Earlier Than Their Mothers: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.12.2011 | Healthy Living

For years, researchers have known that women with a harmful mutation in BRCA genes have an elevated risk for developing hereditary breast and ovarian ...

'I Don't Want To Be A Statistic': My Decision To Get BRCA Tested

Jacqueline Kravette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacqueline Kravette

Growing up with the BRCA mutation looming overhead caused an enormous amount of strife within my family. Everyone approached the possibility of having this gene differently.

Testing BRCA1 Positive: What Happens Next

Jill Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jill Steinberg

Having the BRCA1 genetic mutation meant my chances of getting breast cancer were above 80 percent over my lifetime. The more that I learned, the less crazy a double mastectomy sounded.

Newsflash: Breast Cancer Sucks, and You Can Die From It

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

Maybe a reality check isn't something you want when you're being bombarded with "Breast Cancer Awareness" messages. After all, that would be kind of scary.