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Migraine Runs in My Family

For patient advocate Julie Ryan, migraine is a family affair, which has some benefits – a deep empathy for migraine pain for starters.

By Julie Ryan

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 Important Facts About BRCA Gene Mutations

BRCA gene mutations indicate a higher risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Here’s what you should know about your screening and treatment options.

By Elizabeth Millard

All About BRCA Gene Mutations

If you have BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations, here's what you should know your options, insurance coverage, and screening for other members of your family.

By Elizabeth Millard

Breaking the News of Hereditary Cancer Risk

Learning you have a high cancer risk gene mutation is hard enough. Here's how to tell your family they might be at risk too.

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

Angelina Jolie's Effect on Breast Cancer

When Angelina Jolie spoke up about her preventive double mastectomy and BRCA1, she raised more awareness in one day that some organizations do in 10 years.

By Stephanie Stephens

How to Handle the Emotional Impact of BRCA

Have you recently had a genetic test that shows you're predisposed to breast or ovarian cancer? A genetic counselor shares how to process the news.

By Bethany Kandel

Where to Find Support When You Have BRCA

From online support to picking up the telephone and calling a help line, there are resources available to help if you have a BRCA gene mutation.

By Vanessa Caceres