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Topic: Podcast: Ira's Story: Living as a Trans Man With BRCA+

Forum: Genetic Testing —

ATM, BARD1, BRCA1, BRCA2, BRIP1, CDH1, CHEK2, NBN, NF1, PALB2, PTEN, RAD51C, RAD51D, STK11, TP53, and mismatch repair genes (MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, EPCAM)

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020 04:01PM

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Ira's Story: Living as a Trans Man With a BRCA1 Mutation

November 17, 2020

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Ira Feinstein is an American author currently living in Chicago. Cut Off will be his first book. Growing up in Georgia and Michigan, Ira lived as Carla before gender transitioning at age 38. Carla lost both of her parents by age 11 — her father died unexpectedly of a heart attack and 2 years later, her mother died from breast cancer. A number of years after her mother's death, Carla learned that she carried a BRCA1 mutation, which gave her a much higher than average risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Carla had a preventive double mastectomy and hysterectomy before gender transitioning.

Listen to the podcast to hear Ira talk about:

  • living with a BRCA1 mutation, both as a woman and a trans man
  • the decision to have preventive surgery
  • his experiences as a trans man dealing with the medical community
  • his advice for other people dealing with a genetic mutation
  • Cut Off, his first book

Running time: 28:16

Listen now or read the transcript.
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