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previvor: someone with an elevated predisposition to being diagnosed with cancer due to a risk running through their family

Breast Health is crucial to maintaining a healthy life. Making sure you are keeping up with annual pap smears/breast exams, doing self exams, and having scheduled mammograms is so important for early detection.

At 28 years old I had a sensation preserving nipple sparing bilateral double mastectomy with direct implant reconstruction due to family history, genetic testing results, and other health concerns. Learning that I had options when it came to my surgery helped me make the decision to follow the advice of several surgeons, and go through with the surgery. Finding out that I had the option to maintain sensation in my chest following my mastectomy with reconstruction was game changing. My goal now is to help spread the word to other women so they know that they have an option when it comes to sensation preservation and mastectomies. Without the help of Team Peled out of San Francisco, California I would not be where I am today, able to have sensation across my entire chest.

In 2021 we are fortunate to be able to have access to genetic testing. It is important to know that genetic testing is an option if you are concerned about your family history of breast and other cancers. It is also important to know that there are more genes than BRCA1 and BRCA2 that could significantly increase your breast cancer risk. Some genetic mutations that can increase your breast cancer risk include: BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, TP53, CHEK2, PTEN, CDH1, STK11, and PALB2. There are several companies that provide this testing and these companies work with insurance companies and with patients to reduce costs.

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