I inherited a BRCA gene mutation in breast and ovarian cancer. This little gene puts me at high risk for fatal cancer. Many people also have a gene mutation in breast and ovarian cancer, but they do not know this. When it comes to inheriting the cancer gene, it is important to know, because knowledge is likely to save your life.
The national month of breast and ovarian cancer is October. Breast and ovarian cancer week from September 29 to October 2, 2019.
Learn more about the hereditary genes for breast and ovarian cancer during National Week of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer (September 29 to October 2, 2019),
Knowledge gives you power over these types of cancer. If you know your risk, you can previve disease.
October 2, 2019 is National Day of Preventors.
National Preventive Day celebrates those who have taken the necessary steps to know their risk.
The goal is to raise awareness so that approximately 750,000 people in the United States who inherit this gene can become survivors rather than survivors. Both of me. I had a very aggressive form of breast cancer that can occur in BRCA families (the so-called triple negative breast cancer). I survived this aggressive breast cancer for 6 years. I also prevented an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer by undergoing surgery to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes (also with a risk of developing cancer).
What are the risks of gene inheritance for breast and ovarian cancer?
Both women and men can carry the hereditary gene for breast and ovarian cancer. Men can get breast cancer. They are also at higher risk for prostate cancer. In addition, they can pass the gene on to their daughters, who will be at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Both men and women who care for the hereditary mutation of the gene for breast cancer and ovarian cancer should be aware of this.
Millions of people in the world carry a BRCA gene mutation or have a family history of one of the other hereditary genes for breast and ovarian cancer (yes, there are more genes!). Unfortunately, most people who carry one of these genes do not know this.
How bad is it to inherit the breast and ovarian cancer gene?
Carrying a gene for breast cancer or ovarian cancer is not the end of the world, but to know about it is really important. If you have the gene for this, you are in good company. I wear one – and still I'm still alive. Angelina Jolie carries one and she sways for her awareness raising work.
In the United States, 1 in 400 people carry a BRCA gene mutation (remember that there are other genes!).
Among people with Jewish Ashkenazi descent, the risk rises to 1 out of 40.
What are the signs that you might have a breast and ovarian cancer gene?
Find out signs that you or someone you care about could inherit a gene for breast and ovarian cancer. I created this infographic to help:
What is the main organization supporting people who have inherited the breast and ovarian cancer gene?
Fortunately, there is an exceptional organization that supports education, awareness, and medical research to help those of us who have one of these genetic mutations. It is called STRENGTH facing our cancer risk – endowed with the knowledge that we can prevent cancer by taking appropriate measures for our health, such as screening and risk reduction operations.
Why do I support STRENGTH.
I donate FORCE money every month, and since then I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I do this through the sale of my skin chemotherapy kit. POWER was there for me when I needed them. FORCE gave me information and cancer treatment options that helped me a lot. My gratitude for them goes far beyond words.
Each skin chemotherapy kit sends 50% of net revenue to FORCE. I developed the kit during the grueling 4 months of scorched earth chemistry that saved my life. As a dermatologist and doctor, I knew that skin problems could lead to life-threatening infections, while my immune system was on the brink of survival. Chemotherapy patients have skin problems due to chemotherapy. Skin problems can be life threatening. My Kit changes the rules of chemotherapy skin care by providing hypoallergenic dermatologist-developed skin care for chemotherapy patients – it’s convenient and useful for anyone who comes across chemotherapy.
It touches me to help chemotherapy patients who are currently following the path I took in 2013. Every word and gratitude value my team and me
I sent my cousin a skin care chemotherapy kit, and she said it saved her from insanity. Chemotherapy constantly made her feet itch and she scratched until she began to bleed. One application of the products, and she found instant relief. During sleep, she used soft cotton socks on balsam. Thank you for giving this wonderful gift to our loved ones undergoing chemotherapy.
My mother had beautiful skin, thin and thin, and chemotherapy and radiation made her skin sensitive to everything. I am so grateful for your cancer-friendly products; they saved us. When a cancer patient deals with everything else, the last thing you need is an extra problem.
Another friend of mine is currently having stage 4 lung cancer, and he is also using your kit. It helps him, and he’s a guy, so for him to “squeal” about skin care is a huge thing!
HBOC stands for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
There are three easy ways to help support research, education, and advocacy for many people in the HBOC “community” (it really looks like a community when you “join” it!). Your support will also help spread the word so that other people who inherit one of these genes can learn about their risk and prevail over cancer.
- Share this post with someone you think is interested in breast or ovarian cancer, or those at higher risk. Your share will raise awareness. Use the share buttons on the side or top of the page.
- Submit Chemotherapy kit as a gift to someone undergoing chemotherapy, and I will send a donation to FORCE. You will help your friend or loved one to maintain the health of their skin with chemotherapy, and you will also help FORCE!
- Donate directly to POWER and they will continue to support awareness, advocacy and research on these common and terrible forms of cancer.
Join me this week and this month in supporting breast and ovarian cancer advocacy, awareness and research. Let's save someone from the agony of chemotherapy – believe me, this leaves persistent side effects that change lives. Those of us women carrying one of the high-risk genes for breast and ovarian cancer say this,
Our only real choice is whether we have a double mastectomy and ovary / tube removal with or without chemotherapy!
Cynthia Bailey, MD, BRCA, Survivor of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer
Think about it for a minute and let it sink – it will take at least a few seconds. I would prefer my surgery without chemotherapy, but I'm glad that I'm 6 years old and I'm still here to write this.
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