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Why Is Talking About Metastatic Breast Cancer on Social Media So Outrageous?

By on January 22nd, 2014 Categories: News, The Breast Cancer Journey

Many visitors to Breastcancer.org know the writing of Lisa Bonchek Adams. She’s a woman in her 40s who was diagnosed with DCIS in 2006. After a bilateral mastectomy, pathologists found two small invasive breast cancer tumors in the removed tissue, so instead of DCIS, she actually had stage II invasive breast cancer. In December 2008, she had her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed. In October …

What My Patients Are Asking: Follow-up on the Supreme Court’s Ruling That Human Genes Can’t Be Patented

By on July 10th, 2013 Categories: News

The Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 that human genes cannot be patented. The Court ruled unanimously in this case that Myriad Genetics’ patents on the BRCA1 and 2 genes were invalid. The decision is a victory for patients and for industry.

This is good news for patients because access to genetic testing will improve. I spoke with George Prendergast, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Cancer Research and …

What My Patients Are Asking: How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision on BRCA Genes Affect Me?

By on May 21st, 2013 Categories: News

On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court heard a challenge by a group of scientists to Myriad Genetics’ patent of the BRCA1 and 2 genes. On May 14, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had a preventive double mastectomy because testing had shown her to be positive for the BRCA1 mutation, bringing further attention to the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision.

Everyone has BRCA1 …

A New Day: From Diagnosis to Dance!

By on April 10th, 2013 Categories: News, The Breast Cancer Journey

April 10, 2008 – April 10, 2013

Five years ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My life has been one big whirl-a-twirl ride, filled with roller coaster loops, turns, and rolls, ever since. There have been extreme highs and a few menacing death drops. Yes, breast cancer took me for a ride and changed my life forever; yet, I wouldn’t change a thing.…

The Mammography Debate

By on February 19th, 2013 Categories: News

Confused by all the fighting over the value of mammography? There’s been an active — even fierce — debate about the value of mammography, especially since the November 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations to change screening guidelines to every other year starting at age 50. Breastcancer.org has been a strong proponent of the current guidelines of annual mammography starting at age 40 for …

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