Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny

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"Be informed. Be empowered. Be well."

If you are concerned that the cancer in your family is hereditary, you face difficult choices. Should you have a blood test that may reveal whether you have a high likelihood of disease? Do you preemptively treat a disease that may never develop? How do you make decisions now that will affect the rest of your life? This helpful, informative guide answers your questions as you confront hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

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Overview

"Be informed. Be empowered. Be well."

If you are concerned that the cancer in your family is hereditary, you face difficult choices. Should you have a blood test that may reveal whether you have a high likelihood of disease? Do you preemptively treat a disease that may never develop? How do you make decisions now that will affect the rest of your life? This helpful, informative guide answers your questions as you confront hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Developed by Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, this book stands alone among breast and ovarian cancer resources. Equal parts health guide and memoir, it defines complex issues facing previvors and survivors and provides solutions with a fresh, authoritative voice.

Written by three passionate advocates for the hereditary cancer community who are themselves breast cancer survivors, Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer dispels myths and misinformation and presents practical risk-reducing alternatives and decision-making tools. Including information about genetic counseling and testing, preventive surgery, and fertility and family planning, as well as explanations of health insurance coverage and laws protecting genetic privacy, this resource tackles head-on the challenges of living in a high-risk body.

Confronting hereditary cancer is a complex, confusing, and highly individual journey. With its unique combination of the latest research, expert advice, and compelling personal stories, this book gives previvors, survivors, and their family members the guidance they need to face the unique challenges of hereditary cancer.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
A top pick for any breast cancer collection.
Nursing Times
An insightful and informative read.
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare - Judith Offman
This book is an excellent resource for lay people trying to understand and deal with inherited breast and ovarian cancer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421404080
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 306,533
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Friedman, D.V.M., is the founder and executive director of Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. Her numerous articles on hereditary cancer have appeared in Oncology Times, CURE, Gene Watch, and the Boston Globe, among others. Rebecca Sutphen, M.D., is a nationally recognized clinical and research expert in hereditary cancer, professor of genetics at the University of South Florida, and chief medical officer of Informed Medical Decisions. Kathy Steligo is a freelance writer specializing in business and health topics and author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Extremely helpful for those diagnosed w cancer & BRCA gene and their family members

    I was recently diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene. Reading this book recommended by FORCE helped me understand the genetic implicatioms for me and my family. The book also helped me decide which treatment options were best for me. Being a Registered Nurse, I have a critical eye for reading heath care literature and found "Confronting HBOC" to be well written with up to date research cited. I am greatful for this published resource and would recommend it to other patients as well as health-care providers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Great book

    Very informative

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