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How Do I Know if I Have Dense Breast Tissue?

Dense breast tissue makes it harder for mammograms to detect cancers, because they both appear white in the images, and tumors are harder to see.

By Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Diagnosed With Breast Cancer? Get a Second Opinion

The benefits of seeking a second opinion for a breast cancer diagnosis are clear. A comprehensive review changed the diagnosis for 43 percent of patients.

By Diane Domina

Warning Signs of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Advanced breast cancer tends to spread to the bones, the liver, the lungs, or the brain. Can you recognize the different symptoms of metastasis for each organ?

By Sheila M. Eldred

10 Facts About BRCA Gene Mutations

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer have been associated with mutations in two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. Here’s what you should know.

By Elizabeth Millard

All About BRCA1, BRCA2 Gene Mutation: Basic Explainer Story

Learn about a real-life experience with the gene mutation as well as your risk of cancer; cancer types if you have the mutation; and insurance coverage for any preventative treatment.

By Elizabeth Millard

How Do You Tell Your Family Members You Have the BRCA1, 2 Genetic Mutation?

You thought finding out you had the BRCA1 or 2 gene mutation was tough – but now you have to tell your family members they might be at risk for it, too. Experts give advice on what to tell them when.

By Bethany Kandel

Genetic Counselor Explains BRCA Genetic Mutations

Dana Clark, M.S., L.C.G.C., at the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine, discusses when you’re at a high risk for BRCA gene mutations, what testing involves, and what misconceptions she commonly encounters.

By Elizabeth Millard

Just What Impact Did Angelina Jolie Have on BRCA1, 2 Gene Mutation Awareness?

A big one. "Jolie has been a blessing, and her stature as a celebrity speaking about this topic of gene mutations did more in one day with an op-ed than we could do in 10 years to raise awareness."

By Stephanie Stephens

How to Emotionally Handle the BRCA1 or BRCA2 Gene Mutation

A genetic counselor shares how to manage the weight of discovering the genetic mutation that can predispose people to breast or ovarian cancer.

By Bethany Kandel

Places to Find Support When You Have BRCA1, 2 Gene Mutation

From online support to picking up the telephone and calling a help line, there are resources available to walk you through having the BRCA1, 2 gene mutation.

By Vanessa Caceres