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Will Your Genes Give You Cancer?

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But in the meantime, if these cancers have affected other women who are close to you in your family, I encourage you to discuss this with your doctor. It could be a lifesaving discussion for you.


About the author: Andrew Schorr is a medical journalist, cancer survivor and founder of Patient Power, a one-of-a-kind company bringing in-depth information to patients with cancer and chronic illness. Audio and video programs, plus transcripts, help patients make informed decisions to support their health in partnership with their medical team.

Patient Power is at www.PatientPower.info/ and on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Schorr is also the author of “The Web Savvy Patient: An Insider's Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis" found at www.websavvypatient.com/


Interview with Kathryn McGonigle, MD, gynecologic oncologist, Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Wash. posted online 5/3/12 on Patient Power at

Interview with Jane Berkman, ovarian cancer and breast cancer patient, Seattle, Wash., posted online 5/3/12 on Patient Power at

BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing Fact Sheet, National Cancer Institute, Accessed online 8/15/12 at

Why Take a Breast Cancer / Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Test? BRACAnalysis.
Accessed online 8/15/12 at

Reviewed August 16, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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