One in eight women will develop breast cancer. That is a statistic that many of us women have heard over the years. But there was a new statistic that I heard when I had the chance to talk with obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Russell Stankiewicz, MD (Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in The department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Family Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA.) One that I had not heard before and one that directly affects me.
You see there is hereditary breast cancer and sporadic breast cancer – and they are different. I have been fortunate – knock on wood – that my (genetic) family has not been touched by breast cancer. Somehow this felt like I had a layer of protection. I believed in the misconception that family history and having the BRCA gene are the leading causes of breast cancer. I no longer feel that I am protected because after talking with Dr. Stankiewicz, I have come to realize that 85% of women who develop breast cancer have little-to-no family history of the disease. 85% – That is a the majority of breast cancers!
In fact there are a number of other risk factors that Dr. Stankiewicz covers in our interview, and I possess some of these factors! The positive outcome of my conversation with Dr. Stankiewicz, is that information is powerful and with information we can work with our doctors to create a breast plan and be proactive with our health.
Please take them time to watch the following interview – I learned so much!
Learn More About Your Breast Cancer Risk:
Interview with Dr. Russell Stankiewicz, MD
I am going to be having a conversation with my doctor about the BREVAGenplus® test to evaluate my personal risk of developing sporadic breast cancer. After all, it is simply a cheek swab. Whether or not I am a candidate for the BREVAGenplus® is something that I will be talking about and determining with my doctor.
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The most important lesson that I have learned as a woman – is that I need to take care of myself! That is why this year my focus is self-care. Before I can take care of others – I need to take care of myself and my health. It is vital that we are proactive when it comes to our well being.