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Five Things Young Women with Breast Cancer Should Know

While the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are age 55 or older, about 14,500 women age 45 and younger are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some facts about breast cancer all young women should know.
1. Genetic testing can help identify women who are at increased risk
SOG_9339_12-2While all women are at risk for breast cancer, women who have a family history of premenopausal breast or ovarian cancer or a family member with a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene are at a higher risk and …


Cancer Genetics and Prevention Update

by Christine Hensel Triantos
Beyond BRCA1 and BRCA2:
Other Gene Mutations Linked to Cancer Risk
Many women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer choose genetic testing to find out if they have inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, which could put them and their family members at a higher risk for these cancers. Now a panel test – known as BROCA – is available for women to learn if they have other gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer.
The panel includes mutations in about 25 genes associated with an increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer, and that number …


My Story -Testing for the Breast Cancer Gene

Angelina Jolie decision to share her story about being tested for the breast cancer gene and undergoing a double mastectomy is major and will help so many men and women.  It is incredible that as such a public figure, she was able to keep her story private until she wanted to share it with the world.
Shared it now is!
Since writing her story on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, every newspaper, news cast and social media is abuzz with her story. Her honesty and truthfulness will help many make a very tough decision.
Here is my story about how …


Woman with breast cancer gene mutation takes radical action

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Claudine Wrighter, 34, and her mother, Claudette Poutre, 72, both tested positive for a gene mutation which increases cancer risk. After Poutre survived breast cancer, Wrighter had a partial hysterectomy as a preventative measure.Christine Hochkeppel/Cape Cod Times
By Cynthia Mccormick


October 21, 2010 2:00 AM

POCASSET — Claudine Wrighter says people act surprised when she tells them she elected to have a partial hysterectomy at age 34.
“So many people looked at me and said ‘You did what?’” the Pocasset mother of two young girls says.
But after testing positive for a gene …