Posts Tagged: BRCA

Women Don’t Know Their Breast Cancer Risk

Almost all women are unaware of their true breast cancer risk, according to research I recently completed. Nearly 10,000 responses to a 25-question survey showed that 90.6 percent of women did not accurately assess their breast cancer risk. Knowing the risk of breast cancer can help women seek more effective, timely care. A majority of… Read more »

Help on the Breast Cancer Journey

Women facing breast cancer can feel anxious or confused, so it helps to have a personal guide through the complexities of the clinical, emotional and practical aspects of their diagnosis and treatment. As an oncology nurse navigator, I work closely with North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary specialists–including breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons,… Read more »

BRCA and Your Fertility

Thank you, Angelina Jolie, for making your experience dealing with the BRCA gene public. Everyone has the BRCA gene. But a very small change in the gene, called a mutation (BRCA1 or BRCA2),  can increase the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer more than 80 percent and ovarian cancer more than 30 percent. Other cancers… Read more »