It's All In Your Genes

It's All In Your Genes

Are you aware that knowing your gene mutation risk could possibly save your life? Certain gene mutations greatly increase your risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and can be inherited from either your mother or father. To find out more, go to Do You Know: BRCA. It’s easy - take an assessment of your own risk to help to make important decisions for your health.

If you are a breast cancer survivor, you may be asking how your breast cancer is related to your genes. We can help. Click here to watch a presentation from our Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network workshop speaker Meagan Farmer MS, CGC, the Director of Cancer Genetic Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

You may also be asking “What is the risk of someone in my family getting breast cancer?” The best way to answer this question is to meet with a genetic counselor. He or she will let you know whether increased cancer screening or cancer risk-reducing options would be appropriate for you and your family, based on genetic test results and/or family history. To locate a genetic counselor in your area, visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors website at You will find additional tips on breast cancer and genetics at the Genetics and Breast Cancer Tip Sheet of surviveAL website.

It's All In Your Genes

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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