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I have always felt lucky. My husband and I met in college when I was just 18 and were married shortly after graduation. We have an incredible relationship, a strong marriage and both of us come from loving families. We also have two wonderful daughters, and I enjoy being a stay-at-home mom. We have an…

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The evening of September 19th was a night filled with an abundance of fun and meaning in the Big Easy. A total of 200 genetic counselors attended Myriad Genetics’ Trivia Night at a local gathering place during the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ meeting in New Orleans. First, for every person who attended the event,…

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There are moments in every life that have staying power. You’ll always know where you were when “it” happened. Sometimes these are collective shared memories, such as where you were on 9/11 or, for my parents’ generation, where they were when JFK was shot. At other times, the moment in question is more personal: where…

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I have always been an optimist, a glass half-full type of person. So when I found a lump in my breast during a self-exam, I was sure that it was just a cyst. It couldn’t possibly be breast cancer, right? I was only 37 at the time and was not aware of any family history…

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As I looked at the pathology report bearing my name and the words “poorly differentiated ductal carcinoma of the left breast,” feelings of overwhelming dread set in, along with nausea. “Well Michelle, as always, you do it up big,” said my healthcare professional. “Your cancer is the worst, most aggressive kind.” He explained that poorly…

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This past September Team Myriad joined more than 500 women for Bright Pink’s annual health and wellness event, FabFest 2013. The event was co-hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Lindsey Avner, and led by Chicago’s top fitness professionals. This action-packed day pushed individuals to challenge themselves physically and inspired everyone to make lifestyle changes to proactively…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and once again Myriad Genetics, Inc. is proud to be joining efforts with the American Cancer Society to support Making Strides against Breast Cancer. Mark your calendar and join us at this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk scheduled for Saturday October 12, 2013 from 8:00am to 1:00pm…

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Break Out the Teal! September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! According to the National Cancer Institute’s website 22,240 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013. Approximately 11 – 15% of these diagnosed ovarian cancer cases are caused by mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. That means that 1 in 7 women who…

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Not many of us can look at a genetic code and be inspired to create artwork from it. For most people a DNA sequence looks like a jumble of letters, wavelengths and bright colors. Max Nanis, however, is not “most people.” Max has married his artistic and scientific backgrounds into a project that he is…

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There are limited recommendations on this topic.1 The following summarizes the literature, however, a clinician’s judgment will also be based on the patient’s age, co-morbidities and individual circumstances. Management after risk-reducing mastectomy Prophylactic mastectomy reduces the risk of breast cancer in BRCA carriers by about 90%,2

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The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)’s 2012 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada was held November 8th through 10th. Survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and family members gathered to embrace the great strides and impact being made by the NOCC in their mission to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Myriad provided a…

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This fall Myriad participated in eleven National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Walks to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer with just one more walk to go in San Antonio, Texas this November.  Between team building, fundraising, information giving, walking and just plain having fun, Myriad was able to raise awareness about both hereditary breast and ovarian…

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