Erika Stallings
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Black Genes Matter: Why BRCA Mutations Are Not Just A White Woman’s Problem

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Is breast cancer a white women’s issue? At least for cancers with a genetic component,((A BRCA mutation is a mutation in either of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which are tumor suppressor genes. Individuals with a mutation in either gene have a significantly increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer.)) a good portion of perception…

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On Charleston: Letters from the Scribes Pt. 1

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We Lean Towards Joy-Josie Helen   My soul lives below the Mason-Dixon line. I was born on Georgia soil, and, God willing, will die there. There is nothing like driving down the street that leads to my childhood home, where the road is lined not with streetlights or sidewalks, but countless trees that loom almost…

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Phantom Pains: Life after a Double Mastectomy

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My plastic surgeon told me that it would be like this. After I was diagnosed with a BRCA2 mutation,((As I’ve written about previously, in the summer of 2014, I was diagnosed with a BRCA2 mutation. Individuals with BRCA2 mutations have are five more times likely to develop breast cancer than the average woman.)) I spent…