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Angelina Jolie’s Decision: BRCA Genetic Mutations and Preventive Mastectomies

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Angelina Jolie

By now, you’ve probably all heard about Angelina Jolie’s announcement in the New York Times that she tested positive for the BRCA-1 genetic mutation which dramatically increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer–an 87 percent chance of breast cancer and a 40 percent chance of ovarian cancer, to be exact. Her very public […]

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Specialized Care for Ovarian Cancer Patients is Important, New Study Confirms

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Common sense says that patients with ovarian cancer treated by doctors who are specially trained to care for them, at hospitals that do large numbers of ovarian cancer surgeries, have better outcomes. Ovarian cancer is a complex, life threatening disease in which initial treatment has a huge impact on survival.  This is true for both patients with […]

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Mother and Son Share the Same Lynch Syndrome Diagnosis

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Last year around this time, I met a family who told their doctor that they would like to share their story to help others who might not know about the particular type of colon cancer that many of their family members have had. It is Lynch Syndrome colon cancer. In this particular family, a good […]

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Combatting Hereditary Forms of Colon Cancer with the Familial Cancer Registry

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It is not unusual for patients to approach Dr. C. Richard Boland, a gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas with concerns that they may have a hereditary form of colorectal cancer. New strategiest are starting to help Dr. Boland and others identify hereditary cancer and fight it. The patients […]

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Cancer Previvor goes for his First Colonoscopy with Mom at His Side

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It’s Monday October 8, 2012. My 20 year old son is going for his first colonoscopy as a Lynch Syndrome Previvor. A previvor by definition is a word used describe those who have a higher risk for cancer due to close family history or due to certain genetic mutations (like Lynch Syndrome), but do not […]

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Healthy Cooking Demo: Back to Breakfast

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Breakfast eaters are healthier. They are more likely to meet the nutritional recommendations for their age groups, especially for vitamins A, C, Riboflavin, calcium, zinc, iron, and fiber.
Part 8 of 8 in our Menu Mondays series

This post is Part 8 of 8 in our Menu Mondays series Did you skip breakfast this morning? If so, you’re not alone. Between 10-30% of people head out the door in the morning with a low tank of gas, because they haven’t eaten. This habit gets worse with age and is more prevalent in females. […]

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5 Reasons to Attend the Young Adult Cancer Survivors’ Summit

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When I moved to Dallas four years ago, I was three years into what would eventually become a seven-year battle with leukemia. I knew a couple of other people in the area, but none of them had experienced cancer. As a result, my days consisted of going to work, then home, and doing what I […]

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Three-Time Cancer Survivor Now Running Marathons

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On January 2010 I turned on the television and the first words spoken were from Dr. Nancy Snyderman, “The number one thing you can do to prevent cancer recurrence is to eat healthy and exercise.” The next day I was at the gym signing a membership contract. At that time, I was seven months in […]

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