Videos

Cara with her counselor
Cara, age 30, discusses how her family history of breast cancer and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage inspired her proactive approach to her breast health, allowing her to find her breast cancer early when she was diagnosed at age 25.
Cara
Cara’s father encouraged her to get genetic counseling because of her family history of cancer and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. Cara explains how a genetic counselor helped her understand her personal risk for breast cancer.
Cara
When Cara was three years old, her mom passed away from breast cancer at the age of 42. Cara encourages young women with a family history of cancer and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage to learn their risk for breast cancer.
Carletta swimming
Carletta, age 44, talks about how knowing her family history of breast cancer made it easier for her to be proactive about talking to her doctor when she noticed changes in her body. Carletta was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41, and she finished her first triathlon one year after her first chemotherapy treatment.
Carletta wearing her helmet and riding her bicycle
Carletta was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41. Now cancer-free, she is motivated by her ability to do the things that she couldn’t do during treatment. She finished her first triathlon one year after her first round of chemotherapy.
Carletta playing tennis
Carletta never met her grandmother, who died from breast cancer at the age of 44. Carletta’s family history inspired her to understand her own risk. She encourages young women with a family history of cancer to learn their risk for breast cancer.
Charity
When Charity was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, she faced a series of difficult decisions. Learn what steps she took to be proactive about her health and her cancer risk – and what she wants young women to know about their health.
Charity
At age 27 Charity was diagnosed with breast cancer. Find out how she took a proactive approach to her health – and what she wants other young women to know about their breast cancer risks.
Emily and Caroline
When Emily and Caroline found out their mom had a BRCA gene mutation, they decided to get tested themselves. From there, they took different paths. Find out how these sisters and their mom support each other, and how one size doesn’t always fit all when managing your breast cancer risk.
Emily and Caroline with her mother
Breast cancer doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed, it can affect the entire family. For sisters Emily and Caroline, that means managing their risks of breast cancer in individual ways, but coming together to support each other on their paths.
Jackie
Jackie, age 38, has a paternal family history of breast and ovarian cancer and a BRCA gene mutation. She shares how understanding her risk enabled her to take action to reduce her risk for breast and ovarian cancer, and create a roadmap for a bright future for her and her 4-year-old daughter.
Jackie with her daughter
Jackie saw many relatives on her father’s side of the family get diagnosed with and die from breast or ovarian cancer. Because of her family history, her doctor recommended she receive genetic counseling. Jackie explains her experience with genetic counseling and testing.
Jackie
Jackie took steps to learn about her risk for breast and ovarian cancer because of her family history.
Lisa staring at a photograph of her family.
Lisa talks about how she realized that having family members with pre-menopausal breast and ovarian cancer meant that she has a higher risk of getting cancer before she turned 45. She talks about how this affected her as a young mother and why she takes steps to manage her risk. Lisa provides a tip for talking with family members about their history of cancer.
Lisa reading a journal
Lisa: Empower Yourself by Learning Your Family’s Cancer History
Lisa’s family history of breast and ovarian cancer puts her at higher risk for getting cancer in the future. Watch this video to learn how she’s used this information to empower herself.
Lisa talking about her experience
Lisa, age 41, talks about how her family history led her to get genetic counseling and testing for BRCA gene mutations. She describes the genetic testing experience, and how it helped her understand her family history and manage her risk for breast cancer.
Lisa
Lisa, age 41, talks about her decision to get genetic counseling and testing to find out if she had a BRCA gene mutation, and how the experience empowered her to understand her options and be her own best health advocate.
Marleah
When Marleah was 8 years old, she watched her mother, then 38, go through treatment for breast cancer. Her mother’s experience inspired her to understand and her own risk, and she learned that she has a BRCA2 gene mutation like her mom and aunt. To manage her risk, Marleah currently undergoes surveillance.
Marleah smiling
Marleah’s family history of breast cancer was her motivation for pursuing a career where she can be an advocate for herself and others at high risk. At 27, Marleah explains that understanding her risk has been an emotional journey, but also a good journey.
Marleah climbing
Marleah took steps to understand her risk for breast cancer because of her family history. She encourages young women with a family history of cancer to learn their personal risk.
Young woman entering a genetic counseling clinic
Genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, explains that if you have a family history of breast cancer, it is important to speak with a genetic counselor or a health professional who can talk to you about your personal risk of developing breast cancer.
Dr. Joyce Turner with a young woman
Genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, explains how family history of breast cancer may indicate inherited changes in genes that increase your personal risk for breast cancer. She offers action steps you can take if you have concerns about your personal risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Joyce Turner
Genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, provides an overview of BRCA genes and their relationship to breast and ovarian cancer. She explains how each of us inherits BRCA genes from our parents, the role of those genes and what happens if we inherit a gene mutation. She also talks about how genetic counseling and testing can give a woman information she can use to make decisions about her health.
Laboratory technician working on samples to detect BRCA gene mutations.
In this video, genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, explains what the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are and how a mutation in either gene can lead to cancer. She also discusses how genetic counseling and testing can help women make informed decisions about their health.