I've been meaning to write this post for a few weeks, but here we go...
It is breast cancer awareness month.
My mom first got diagnosed when I was in 7th grade. Then she relapsed about 5 years later.
In the years that followed, my kindergarten teacher was diagnosed, my elementary school principal, and a few other women from my community were diagnosed.
I'm sure you know at least one or two people in your community that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
After my mom's treatments, she got tested and found out that she has the BRCA gene mutation. This means that there is a mutation to the BRCA1 or BRCA2 tumor suppressor genes.
This made me look into my family health history. My mother's dad's mom died of breast cancer. Then my mom had it, so I made the choice to get tested for the gene.
I found out that I am also positive for the BRCA gene mutation. Receiving this news was not expected or easy. When I went to get tested, I wasn't really sure whether I wanted to know or not. Now that I do know, I can take preventative steps to take care of myself. My risk of getting breast cancer is 3 times higher than the general population of women.
I am learning that regular check-ups and taking care of yourself is the best way to prevent it. You also should know your risk. Bright Pink has an online tool where you can check your risk and take prevention based on your family cancer history and lifestyle.
While I may not know the next steps that I'm going to take in the future (preventative surgery?), I am happy that I have the ability to know and take precautions when it comes to my health.
So ladies get yo selves checked and know your risk of getting breast cancer!