Meet Lisa

My family history with breast cancer doesn’t predict my future. It helps me make informed decisions. Lisa

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

Lisa: Start the Conversation About Family History of Breast Cancer
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.

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.

Page last reviewed: September 27, 2021