**Over time I will be sharing my BRCA story, as well as resources and tips. I’ll also be featuring other brave strong young women who are also balancing BRCA.
What is BRCA anyway?
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that every person has. These genes, when functioning properly, repair and protect breast cells and make sure they are growing normally. When BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are deleterious and not functioning properly they have the opposite effect, greatly increasing ones chances of breast cancer and related cancers (up to an 80% lifetime chance of developing breast cancer). These deleterious, or mutated genes can be passed down through generations in families; if ones mother or father has a mutated BRCA gene their offspring have a 50% chance of inheriting the deleterious gene also.
Learning you have a mutated BRCA gene can be an emotionally taxing experience, and it is so helpful to have a community of support around you. You are not alone, and others in this community are here to support you and help you! This knowledge may seem like a burden at first but learning to view the knowledge as a blessing, can empower you to make informed decisions for you and your family.
If you would like to learn more about who should consider genetic testing for these genes or if you’ve recently been diagnosed with a mutated gene please check out the resources below. Both of these sources have a wealth of information on the topic. They also have national and local support groups, outreach opportunities, Facebook groups and more.
Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.
Wherever you are in the process of determining your cancer risk or risk management options, there is a good chance that other people are going through the same thing and are available to offer support.