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

In Health, Social Justice by Erika StallingsLeave a Comment

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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Phantom Pains: Life after a Double Mastectomy

In Health by Erika Stallings1 Comment

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…