How I Got Ahead of Cancer After Learning About my BRCA2 Mutation By Beth Kuhn

After watching my mom and aunt battle bilateral breast cancer, which included chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomies and all the physical and emotional anguish that accompanies it, I learned that I carry a BRCA2gene mutation. It runs in our family.

I was told that my inherited BRCA2 mutation means that I have up to an 87% chance of having breast cancer in my lifetime and up to an 18% chance of having ovarian cancer. At age 43 I had a naive sense of invincibility when it came to my health. “Athletes don’t get cancer!” I reasoned.  Receiving this news felt like a curse! I was angry!

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