Category Archive: Genetic Testing

Angelina Jolie Tackles Cancer Head-On

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My Twitter stream this morning was filled with references to Angelina Jolie’s “medical choice” so I clicked on one of the many links to the New York Times Op Ed piece by the… Continue reading

Rachel’s Story

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Today’s guest blogger is Rachel Pappas, whose website 1 Up On Cancer is a resource  with the aim of providing upbeat information for all cancers. ______________________________________ Taking a stand for my girl and… Continue reading

Are we too biased toward prophylactic mastectomy?

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I have no idea what it must be like to have to make the decision to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy, the name given to the  surgery that may be done to remove one… Continue reading

Learn about breast cancer genetics

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Listen to this  LBBC podcast to understand the basics of breast cancer genetics. Susan M. Domchek, MD, director of the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, and Jill Stopfer, MS, CGC, senior genetic counselor, cover: The… Continue reading

Pink Auction

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It is getting closer to Ireland’s first ever Pink Auction, which takes place on Sunday, October 10 at Cork’s The Imperial Hotel. Irish artists from across the Republic and beyond created dozens of hand-crafted… Continue reading

Breast cancer gene clue discovery

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Five genetic clues to why some women have a family history of breast cancer have been identified by UK researchers. It brings to 18 the number of common genetic variations linked to a… Continue reading

Shaking the branches of the family tree

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I have just spent the last hour happily picking my way through my family history online. The 1911 Irish census is now online and it makes for fascinating reading. Family history was never… Continue reading

Understanding hereditary cancer

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All cancers are due to changes in our genes, called mutations. If you are born with a gene mutation that leads to cancer, it is called a hereditary cancer.  Learn what makes hereditary… Continue reading

Pretty is what changes

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I came across this in a bookstore when in the US last month. The title “Pretty Is What Changes” attracted me initially. The title comes from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday In The Park With George, “Pretty isn’t… Continue reading

Losing a mother to breast cancer

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I mentioned Dawn Porter’s excellent documentary, “My Breasts Could Kill Me ” which was shown on Sky 1 earlier this week.  Dawn’s mother died from breast cancer when she was only 34, two… Continue reading