In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, TIME photographed 15 women who chose to have preventative double mastectomies …
Experts don’t advise that young children get tested for a well-known breast cancer gene mutation. But if mothers are tested, should they tell their kids, who have a chance of carrying the same mutation?
Genetic testing can be both a boon and a curse, experts say, since more information often means more, and often confusing, options.
The actress made the difficult decision to remove both her breasts before she developed breast cancer, but her genetic makeup means her children may be at increased risk of the disease as well.
She wasn’t yet diagnosed with cancer, but after finding a common gene mutation that often leads to breast cancer, she had the radical surgery to lower her risk.
A study finds the first genetic links that predict timing of menopause
Here’s some encouraging news for women whose family members carry the BRCA gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer: if you don’t have the mutations yourself, your risk of developing the disease isn’t significantly increased.
In general, getting screened for cancer seems like the responsible thing to do, since preventing the disease is always better than treating it once it takes hold. But the latest research shows that screening women for ovarian …