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Angelina’s Impact: Advocates Share

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Angelina’s Impact: Advocates Share

It’s been five years since Angelina Jolie announced to the world she carries a BRCA1 mutation and had a prophylactic double mastectomy to lower her risks of developing breast cancer. Below advocates reflect on the impact she has made by sharing her story and starting widespread conversation about hereditary cancer and prevention. “Angelina’s efforts have…

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A BRCA Mutation Was Found In My Tumor. Does This Mean I’m A BRCA Carrier?

Photo Credit: afrmcblog.org When we read about genetic testing in the mainstream media, we often think of the testing Angelina Jolie had, called germline genetic testing.  This analysis looks for genetic variants (differences) in our DNA that we are born with and are found in most of the cells in our body, including cells in the…

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4 Years Post-Gene Patents: How Has Life Changed In The Genomics World?

Four years ago today, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a unanimous 9-0 decision banned gene patents.  What has changed in the genomics world in these past four years?  And what changes are yet to come? Within 5 hours of the decision, laboratories began offering genetic testing for mutations…

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Joanna Rudnick, Filmmaker of BRCA Previvor “In the Family” Documentary

October 2018 Update 28 Years Ago: Mary-Claire King discovered BRCA1 and its connection to familial breast cancer.  17 Years Ago: I learned I was BRCA1+. 10 Years Ago: My personal film on being BRCA+ and falling into the brave-new-world of “previvorship” was broadcast nationwide on PBS. 5 Years Ago: I finished treatment for triple-negative breast…

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Celebrities Share Their Cancer Stories

When celebrities publicly share their cancer diagnoses it is common for medical professionals to experience dramatic increases in office calls and for internet searches about the celebrity’s cancer to rise. In this blog post we shine the spotlight on a few celebrities (Angelina Jolie, Sandra Lee, and Joan Lunden) who have spoken up about their cancer experience…

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Angelina Jolie’s Impact: Hereditary Cancer Advocacy

It’s been three years since Angelina Jolie announced to the world she carries a BRCA1 mutation and had a prophylactic double mastectomy to lower her risks of developing breast cancer. Below advocates reflect on the impact she has made by sharing her story and starting widespread conversation about hereditary cancer and prevention. “Angelina’s efforts have…

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