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BRCA2 Gene Mutation Reality Hits Hard for Bachelor Contestant
17 Apr 2017

BRCA2 Gene Mutation Reality Hits Hard for Bachelor Contestant

Knowledge is power, and women who undergo genetic testing for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation will have the benefit of knowing whether they are at a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer.   Armed with that knowledge, it gives them more power and greater control over their future. It allows them to create a road map or a plan of treatment.   Bachelor...

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Hey BRCA-Positive Young Women: FORCE Is With You!
30 Mar 2017

Hey BRCA-Positive Young Women: FORCE Is With You!

To close our Young Survivor’s month, we welcome this post by Teri Woodhull. She volunteers for the group, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). FORCE is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. Teri shares her experience with choosing a preventative mastectomy and as a young ovarian cancer survivor. She explains how FORCE can help BRCA-positive young...

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Young Breast Cancer Survivor “Digs in Her Heels,” Talks Hope and Advice
28 Mar 2017

Young Breast Cancer Survivor “Digs in Her Heels,” Talks Hope and Advice

We’ve covered a lot about young women with breast cancer this month—from how to be an awesome co-survivor to dealing with breast cancer while in college. While these contain important information about young women and breast cancer, they do lack something: personal experience! So for today, we’re bringing you an amazing and insightful interview with Karla Baptiste, a young breast cancer survivor who’s become quite the inspiration.   Breast...

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How I’m Taking the Reins on My Family History of Breast Cancer
22 Mar 2017

How I’m Taking the Reins on My Family History of Breast Cancer

Today we welcome Brandi Forbes as a guest author. With a family history of breast cancer, even as a young teen she was fully aware of what could happen to her. Here’s her story and her encouragement for other young women who are walking in her shoes. Thanks, Brandi!   Cancer has been an unwelcome member of my family for as long as I can remember....

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Breast Cancer and Work: 4 Things to Know About Finding a New Job After Treatment
21 Mar 2017

Breast Cancer and Work: 4 Things to Know About Finding a New Job After Treatment

Now that you’ve finished treatment and you’re breast cancer free, you may find that things are a bit different. This doesn’t just refer to your outlook on life or the physical changes you went through. It can also refer to your own career interests. We’ve put together some information for you about breast cancer and work. In particular, information about how breast cancer may change...

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Young Irish Participants Grace Breast Cancer Research on Tamoxifen and Pregnancy
17 Mar 2017

Young Irish Participants Grace Breast Cancer Research on Tamoxifen and Pregnancy

It’s St. Patrick’s Day today! And what better way to celebrate than share a bit of news about women in Ireland? Young Irish breast cancer survivors are the latest to partake in research on Tamoxifen and pregnancy. In particular, on stopping a normal course of it after breast cancer in order to have a baby.   At the end of 2016, 30 women from Ireland participated...

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Getting an “A” in Reality 101: College Students and Breast Cancer
13 Mar 2017

Getting an “A” in Reality 101: College Students and Breast Cancer

As you may already know, college is a stressful but exciting time. It presents plenty of new challenges and exposure to more people, views and activities. However, if you’re dealing with breast cancer at a young age, the natural appeal of college can disappear. When we talk about young women and breast cancer, we often focus on women between the ages of 25 and 39. But this...

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Be a Rockin’ Co-Survivor: How to Help a Young Friend With Breast Cancer
07 Mar 2017

Be a Rockin’ Co-Survivor: How to Help a Young Friend With Breast Cancer

If you don’t already know, a co-survivor is a person who provides support to individuals with breast cancer. They could be family members, friends, co-workers or another individual who has experienced breast cancer. Health care providers, spiritual advisers, and support group members are also frequently classified as co-survivors. Being a co-survivor for a young friend with breast cancer can be especially challenging. Most support groups are geared...

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Young Women and Breast Cancer: What the Statistics Show
03 Mar 2017

Young Women and Breast Cancer: What the Statistics Show

This month is Young Survivor’s Month at I’m Taking Charge. We’re starting things off by looking at statistics related to young women and breast cancer. Because knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you’ll be prepared for the ride. Breast cancer among women under the age of 40 is rare. So if you haven’t figured it out already, you might have a hard...

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