Since breast cancer runs in my family, I knew my own risk might be higher. I didn’t want to keep wondering about my risk, so I talked to my doctor about it and took control of my health.
Motivated by My Family to Understand My Risk
Four women in my family were diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50. After my kids were born, I began exploring my own risk. I didn’t want cancer to affect me like it did my loved ones.
I discussed my family history with my doctor and decided to get genetic counseling and testing.
My genetic test did not find a BRCA gene mutation. However, the results did not rule out other non-BRCA genetic mutations that could also increase my risk.
Being My Healthiest Self
Talking to my doctor and a genetic counselor about my risk allowed me to make the best decisions for my health. I am motivated to stay healthy to be there for my children.
I get frequent breast cancer screenings. I also exercise (especially jogging and taking exercise classes), cook and eat healthy foods, and limit how much alcohol I drink.