Hereditary ( Genetic ) Issues regarding Breast Cancer


A Genetic Legacy

This article found in the patient magazine, Cancer Today, discusses issues regarding genetic transmission and genetic testing for inherited ( familial ) breast cancer.

Testing My Children

Oncology Times, Volume 31, # 18, September 25, 2009, p. 24.  Author: Harpham, Wendy S.

Eluding Cancer

This article, from the magazine, CURE discusses one woman's journey as she learned of her family's risk of inheriting breast cancer.  Learn more of educational and preventative steps to take as described in this article.

Inherited Syndromes Link Cancer

This article from the magazine, CURE discusses inheritance of the most common genetic factors responsible for familial breast cancer.

Inheritability of Genetic Mutations

This brief article in CURE Magazine discusses the inherited nature of breast cancer in some patients.

Genetics and Breast Cancer: One Family's Reality

This article in CURE Magazine describes one family learning of an inhertited mutation that caused breast cancer and other cancers to appear in their family members.

Family Ties

This article provides perspective on familial inheritance of cancer and issues regarding testing for this.  The article is found in CURE Magazine.

"My Medical Choice," Angelina Jolie's essay on pursuit of preventative mastectomy

Read Angelina Jolie's essay in this link, describing her decision to pursue bilateral mastectomy as her plan of intervention, having inherited a BRCA mutation that leads to an enormous risk of breast cancer.

Sisters Act

Read this article in the October, 2013 issue of Allure Magazine that discusses how two sisters came to cope with hereditary breast cancer, including one sister's decision about preventative mastectomy.  Read more here.

Young Adult Daughter of BRCA 1/2 Positive Mothers: What do They Know About Hereditary Cancer and Do They Worry?

This article in the Journal of Psycho-Oncology, (Volume 22, # 9, pp. 2024-2031, September, 2013. First author: Patenaude, Andrea F.) illustrates the knowledge gap of young women whose mothers carry one of the BRCA 1 or 2 mutations.  Read more here.

Angelina Jolie Effect: Breast Cancer Awareness vs. Knowledge

This news article summarizes a research study that analyzed what individuals learned from Angelina Jolie's revelation that she had a double mastectomy to lower her risk of breast cancer.  Angelina had learned that she inherited a BRCA mutation that vastly increased her lifetime risk of breast cancer.  Read more about what the public learned in this link here.

Fox Chase Study Shows that Families Don't Understand Genetic Test Results or their Implications

This article reports on an important study presented at a major breast cancer meeting in December, 2013 (The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium).  This article describes the finding that risk associated with genetic testing is not well communicated within a family.  Read more here: