Family Health History


The Factors That Put You at a Higher Risk of Developing RA

Your age, genetics, and even exposure to smoke at a young age can have an effect on whether you develop RA, or not.

By Eileen Bailey

Quiz: Do You Know the Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer?

Does birth control use increase your risk of cervical cancer? What about your family history? Test your knowledge here.

By Eileen Bailey

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

Having A Baby Helps BRCA1 Mutation Previvor Learn of High Cancer Risk

Katrina Wells’ daughter was a surprise that might have helped saved her life. Find out whether you fall into any of the high risk groups for one of three "founder mutations."

By Erin L. Boyle