Cancer Genetics 101

By: Alix D’Angelo

Cancer Genetics 101

While most breast cancers occur sporadically (usually linked to environmental factors such as smoking cigarettes and hormone replacement therapy), up to 10% are hereditary. Hereditary breast cancers are caused by DNA mutations that are typically passed down in families for generations. Features of hereditary breast cancers include a young age at diagnosis (under 50 years old), multiple affected relatives in multiple generations, individuals with more than one cancer, and relatives with related cancers such as male breast cancer and ovarian cancer. But how do these DNA mutations cause cancer?

Why It’s Good To Give From A Good Shepherd

By: Paige Eubanks-Barrow

Why It’s Good To Give, From A Good Shepherd

As a nonprofit professional, daughter of a breast cancer survivor and myself a papillary thyroid cancer survivor from the age of 35, I experience the power of a supportive network of family, friends, and health professionals every day.

Looking Good SurviveDAT.org Is All New

By: Laura Ricks

Looking Good: SurviveDAT.org Is All New

You know how you feel when you get a new outfit that you just know brings out all your best features? That’s how we here at SurviveDAT and our partners at the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network are feeling these days. And it’s all because we have totally revamped our websites and think they are more attractive and easier to use.

Breast Cancer Was Part Of My Story Before I Was Even Born

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Breast Cancer Was Part Of My Story Before I Was Even Born

In the 1950s, my maternal grandmother died of breast cancer when my mom was 16. Knowing this disease was in my lineage made me hyper aware of screening and prevention options, as I always had a sense that it wasn’t “if,” but rather “when” I would be diagnosed myself.

The Gift of Knowledge

By: Sara Roberts

The Gift of Knowledge

Genetics—it’s a field I had not thought much about prior to my breast cancer diagnosis. I learned the basics in biology class, but that was the extent of it. In hindsight, I wish I had been more curious about my genetic makeup; about the intricate complexity of my DNA. A malignancy alters everything.

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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