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The Legacy I Never Wanted To Give My Daughter

Laney Katz Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Laney Katz Becker

From the first time they placed my swaddled, newborn baby into my arms, until now, 28 years later, there was always something more I wanted to do for my daughter, something more I wanted to give her. Never did that list include breast cancer.

Angelina Jolie: Genetics or Lifestyle -- What Is Most Important?

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Brett Blumenthal

Many individuals in the medical profession chalk disease up to genetics. And that is fair. Genetics play a big role. Yet studies continue to show that our lifestyle choices, although not 100 percent foolproof, play a huge role in making our genes for disease present themselves.

Angelina Jolie, Doctors, Patenting Genes, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Angelina Jolie's openness about her decision to undergo mastectomies because of the BRCA1 mutation can help inspire countless women to face this difficult decision. Yet several obstacles exist that deserve attention, concerning doctors and costs of testing.

Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Elizabeth Swisher, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Swisher, M.D.

I admire Angelina for taking the unselfish view that she will do whatever it takes to be sure she will be around to parent her children. And I commend Angelina for making her decision public and thereby supporting other women who face an increased cancer risk.

The Sexiest Woman in the World Had a Bilateral Mastectomy? Really?

Jennifer Merschdorf | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Merschdorf

I hope all of us use this news as an opportunity to encourage people to learn and ask questions about their own family cancer history and raise awareness that young women can and do get breast cancer.

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.

Breast Cancer Gene Study May Lead To New Treatment, Better Prognosis For Black Women

Posted 09.24.2012 | Black Voices

Just one week shy of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Washington University researchers say they've made major strides in identifying four key forms of ...

Catherine Pearson

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

Seize the Day: Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors and 'Previvors'

Amy Boesky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Boesky

Carpe diem--Latin for "seize the day." This grab-life-while-you-can ethos has particular importance for those of us whose families carry genetic mutations for breast and ovarian cancers.

Don't Get Breast Cancer (Again)

Dr. Maoshing Ni | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Maoshing Ni

The prevalence of breast cancer begs the question: why hasn't there been more focus and resources devoted to prevention of the disease in the first place?

ACLU Files Case Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

Joanna Rudnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanna Rudnick

Skolnick's answers surrounding the ethics and detrimental consequences of gene patenting were unsatisfying.

Breast Cancer Risk and the Dirty Air We Breathe

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

There are also over 200 chemicals in air pollution -- called PAHs -- that may also lead to cancer, including cancer of the breast.

Study: Family History Can Trump Breast Cancer Gene Test

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — If breast cancer runs in the family, women can be at high risk even if they test free of the disease's most common gene mutations, ...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BRCA Genes

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, I used to hate Breast Cancer Awareness Month for another reason entirely.

First Baby To Be Born Guaranteed Free From Hereditary Breast Cancer

Times Online | Sarah-Kate Templeton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A woman has conceived Britain's first baby guaranteed to be free from hereditary breast cancer. Doctors screened out from the woman's embryos an inhe...