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I never had a chance to meet my paternal grandfather, Eric. He was a handsome truck driver just like my Dad. In 1950, Eric had surgery to remove colon cancer at age 39. The operation went well and he was able to return to work. But the cancer returned eight years later and he lost…

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I think it is so important for me to tell my story — mostly because it is probably similar to other women’s stories, but also because it helps keep me focused on awareness and being an advocate for genetic testing. As Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day on May 8 approaches, I realize it was just 4…

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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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“When I was in high school, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 42. She had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation. Every year since then, I would get that twinge of nervousness when she had her yearly mammogram…but the more years that went on, it would get a little easier because I had…

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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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In the last weeks, Myriad Genetics has been conducting alumni speaker trainings for its front-line healthcare professional and mid-level providers. These providers have previously worked with Myriad to speak with their peers in a variety of settings, from presentations to a large number of providers at sponsored events,  at medical society meetings and meeting one…

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Myriad is excited to announce the launch of the online Hereditary Cancer Quiz. This quiz was designed for the general public as an easy to use, online quiz that can help determine if you are a candidate for hereditary cancer testing. The intent of the quiz is to not only to see if you are…

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The Preventive Care marketing team had the opportunity to attend the ACOG District II show in New York a few weeks ago. This year Myriad had a presentation about Incorporating Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment into healthcare professionals’ practices.  Dr. Frieder from California attended and spoke along with one of our patients, Cynthia Kimball.  Cynthia was…

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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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Know Your Skin Hereditary melanoma is just one risk factor for this rare but deadly form of skin cancer.  Knowing your skin and checking it monthly is the first step in preventing melanoma.   Make the 1st day of the month an easy day to remember to check your skin for the signs of skin cancer. …

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More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die from the disease each year. Since there is no early detection test, most cases are diagnosed in later stages when prognosis is poor. When ovarian cancer is found early at a localized stage, prognosis is good for the majority…

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