Cancer Genetics 101

By: Alix D’Angelo

Cancer Genetics 101

While most breast cancers occur sporadically (usually linked to environmental factors such as smoking cigarettes and hormone replacement therapy), up to 10% are hereditary. Hereditary breast cancers are caused by DNA mutations that are typically passed down in families for generations. Features of hereditary breast cancers include a young age at diagnosis (under 50 years old), multiple affected relatives in multiple generations, individuals with more than one cancer, and relatives with related cancers such as male breast cancer and ovarian cancer. But how do these DNA mutations cause cancer?

Living BRCA1 Positive

By: Molly May

Living BRCA1 Positive

My mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer when I was eight years old and she was only 43. She had no idea that the BRCA1 gene ran in our family, but when she was diagnosed, she found out she had a 50/50 chance of passing it along to me, her scared 8-year-old daughter.

Cervical Cancer An Oncologist Perspective on Prevention

By: Dr. Kelly Wilkinson

Cervical Cancer: An Oncologist Perspective on Prevention

I will never forget the first patient I lost after becoming an oncologist. She had two young children and was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer. Her goal towards the end of her life was to witness her son’s kindergarten graduation, and she did, before dying a week later.

A Survivor’s Son Becomes a Fertility Doctor Who Helps Other Survivors

By: Dr. John Preston Parry

A Survivor’s Son Becomes a Fertility Doctor Who Helps Other Survivors

My mother is a 28-year breast cancer survivor. Her diagnosis had so many effects, some of which were positive, including my decision to become a physician focusing on women’s health. I now specialize in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, which includes fertility preservation for those facing cancer.

Check Out The New SurviveMISS.org

By: Laura Ricks

Check Out The New SurviveMISS.org

You know how you feel when you get a new outfit that you just know brings out all your best features? That’s how we here at SurviveMISS and our partners at the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network are feeling these days. And it’s all because we have totally revamped our websites and think they are more attractive and easier to use.

Breast cancer was part of my story before I was even born

By: Devin Moseley

Breast cancer was part of my story before I was even born

In the 1950s, my maternal grandmother died of breast cancer when my mom was 16. Knowing this disease was in my lineage made me hyper aware of screening and prevention options, as I always had a sense that it wasn’t “if,” but rather “when” I would be diagnosed myself.

Breast Cancer and Motherhood? Why they are not mutually exclusive…

By: Bernadette Reposky

Breast Cancer and Motherhood? Why they are not mutually exclusive…

When I received a diagnosis at age 40 of invasive ductal carcinoma, I, of course felt shocked, confused, scared, angry and a number of other emotions. But beyond these feelings associated with the medical diagnosis, I started to think about something else…

Mississippi's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Mississippi, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurvivMISS is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveMISS's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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