Paying It Forward, so Others Do Not Have to Navigate Hereditary Cancer Risk Alone

Finding out that you have a BRCA or other mutation that increases your risk of cancer is a frightening and often confusing prospect. One way to deal with this fear of the unknown, however, is to advocate for yourself, so that you can know your options and make informed decisions.

There is no “one-size-fits all” approach to this kind of advocacy, however, explains Karen Malkin-Lazarovitz, of Montreal, Quebec, who eight years ago cofounded the BRCA Sisterhood, a peer support group for women dealing with BRCA and other hereditary mutations.

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