Women who get breast cancer young are more likely to have genetic factors they should consider. Here are resources to help you learn what role genetics may have played in your cancer, what it might mean for your family's risk (including the men) and even the possible role it may play in your treatment.

Local Resources

University of Mississippi Medical Center - Genetics

The University of Mississippi Medical Center offers a range of genetic testing, including testing for breast cancer-related genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, among others.

National Resources

Bright Pink

Bright Pink offers education and support to young women at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Young women can receive one-on-one peer support through the PinkPal program and connect with others through the online peer forum. Questions can be submitted to genetic counselors through the website, and the organization offers expert-led teleconferences and archives from past teleconferences.

CDC BodyTalk

BodyTalk helps young women assess their risk for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations, and provides them with information to discuss with their doctors.

Family Notification Service

The Family Notification Service helps registered users notify their at-risk immediate and extended family members of their BRCA test results. They can help you craft letters to make sharing the news easier.


FORCE provides information on how genetics impact cancer risk, and links cancer survivors and their families to clinical trials. They also offer two helplines; one for peer support from volunteers who have gone through the process of genetic testing, and one which links cancer survivors to board-certified genetic counselors who can answer general questions.

Genetics Home Reference

Genetics Home Reference offers a scientific look at the role genetics play in breast cancer and other health conditions.

Know: BRCA

Know: BRCA offers an online assessment to help young women identify their risk of having a BRCA gene mutation. The assessment is HIPAA compliant and can be integrated into Electronic Medical Records. There is also a list of resources to help young women and their providers to work together to decide next steps, possibly including genetic counseling and testing, screening, and risk reduction.

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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