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Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

As a naturopathic physician, I am interested in primary prevention, preventing illness, not just catching it early. Because of that, I was encouraged ...

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.

Ask the Mutant: 9 Steps to Keeping Your Sense of Humor in a Disaster

Eva Moon | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva Moon

It's not a funny bone -- it's a funny muscle. Exercise it! Finding humor in everyday life might seem hard at first, but it gets easier and more automatic with practice.

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.

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.

My Cancer Story, My Genes, My Information

Joanna Rudnick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joanna Rudnick

All of us have cancer narratives that shape our lives, and we have little choice about how those narratives begin. But we do have a choice about how we respond. We can control our own information, and we can make it public and accessible to everyone who is working towards a better future for us and our children.

Ask the Mutant: If I Could Turn Back Time

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Eva Moon

If I could alter the roll of the genetic dice that gave me the BRCA1 mutation -- never experience agonies of fear waiting for biopsy results, not face the wrenching decision to give up my breasts and ovaries, endure 22 hours of surgeries, months of recovery and 60 inches of scars -- Would I?

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.

Ask the Mutant: The Top 5,840 Pearls of Mom Wisdom

Eva Moon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Eva Moon

Perhaps with increased awareness, support and research, there will come a day when no child can escape the protracted annoyance of motherly advice. I hope so.

Ask the Mutant: Skin, Paint and Transformation

Eva Moon | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Eva Moon

Painting on living flesh is an engrossing experience -- very different from the flat, snowy expanse of a blank canvas rectangle. It gives and participates in the process of painting -- energy and creativity flow both ways.

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.

Ask the Mutant: Girl Fight -- Who Is the Brave One?

Eva Moon | Posted 08.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Emotional battle lines were recently drawn when Melissa Etheridge, who has had breast cancer, said that Angelina Jolie, who has not had cancer, did not make "the brave choice" when having preventive surgery because of her BRCA1 status.

The Slippery Meaning of Angelina and BRCA

Dalton Conley | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science
Dalton Conley

Before long the gene for breast cancer may be associated with lower odds of contracting the disease thanks to the steps women with the now-dangerous alleles take to mitigate their risk. In the not-so-distant future, BRCA1 mutations may predict mastectomies, not breast cancer.

Ask the Mutant: It's Fine for Angelina -- She's Rich

Eva Moon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

While Angelina Jolie may have more advantages than most of us, the biggest advantage she had was not money, but access to people who provided her with good information about her options.

BRCA Testing Vastly Underused, Researchers Say

Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living

By Amir Khan Women with a mutation on the BRCA gene are at a five-times higher risk for breast cancer -- but with a simple blood test available t...

Ask the Mutant: Breast Reconstruction -- Will I Look Normal?

Eva Moon | Posted 08.05.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

I've decided to go public with my own post-mastectomy reconstruction to let you see how far the art has come.

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.

'Who Are You To Judge Me For It?'

Eva Moon | Posted 07.23.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Who is the real you? The happy, focused, vital woman who made the drastic choice to "mutilate herself" and then move on? Or the physically intact, "natural" woman who lives in dread of the next round of surveillance?

If Reconstructed Breasts Are Good Enough for Brad, They Should Be Good Enough for You

Lauren Cahn | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

The fact that she made the announcement at all is significant. She could have kept her health issues private, just as she had done for the past several months. If and when the media learned of her surgery, she could have refused to comment.

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...

Amputating Body Parts to Stay Alive

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

It's bad enough living with the specter of recurrence from one form of cancer showing back up; I don't need to have to worry about another one. So, I'm electing to have my healthy breasts amputated as a preventative measure.

Patenting Human Genes Harms People

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

The Supreme Court's decision about today's case will either extend or crimp the capacity of patients, doctors, researchers and other biotechnology firms, to use information about the human body to detect and treat other illnesses in the future.

Miss Tectomy: How Losing My Breasts Made Me Feel Beautiful

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

My breasts didn't define me before they were removed. My breasts don't define me now. But every scar and imperfection does serve as a daily reminder of the strong, unstoppable force I am.

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...

Catherine Pearson

A Family History Of Breast Cancer May Not Seal Your Fate

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.08.2012 | Healthy Living

Dr. Christine Teal had never been flagged for suspicious lumps in her breasts, nor had she tested positive for mutations in the breast cancer suscepti...