Cancer pre-vivors: Those diagnosed with a genetic disposition for hereditary cancer that elect to take preventative action through surgery.
A pre-vivor is probably a term that is new to most. Through genetic testing, a person can find out that they are predisposed to cancer. What can they do? A number of options, including bilateral mastectomies and hysterectomies, are recommended for women in responses to a BRCA1 or BRCA2 positive diagnosis. Marjorie, a Colorado Springs resident, recently learned she had a positive BRCA diagnosis. Joined by emotional and educational support from non-profits such as the Penrose Cancer Center and FORCE, Marjorie has jumped squarely into a role of advocacy.
“BRCA research has made leaps and bounds since the gene’s discovery in 1994. And, I am driven to ensure that the rate of future progress continues to benefit other BRCA positive men and women,” said Marjorie. “That way when my small children might want to know about their genetic risks, hopefully their choices will be different from the ones I have today.”
Follow her blog at http://bracgirl.com/