Tuesday, September 6, 2011


UNITED KINGDOM – A leading scientist in the UK has made what might seem to be a pretty bold statement: "Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should have their ovaries taken out when they are 40." This may seem like something most people would have never considered – BUT – if your genetic code shows you carry a risk, this kind of surgery could cut that risk by as much as half!  Amazing.

Of course, the surgical risks and side effects could make anyone tremble. But then again, being told you have cancer could make you pretty jumpy as well. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s a serious surgery. (Of course, talk to your doc about it.) It was mandatory for me to have this surgery when I was 38 years old, and have never regretted it for a moment – but I want you to weigh in. 

Is it worth it? Would you consider such an action if you were BRACA1 or 2? And are you just as ready as I am to find a cure?  :)

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