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Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) Paperback – January 25, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421404087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421404080
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A fine resource discussing the challenges of living in a high-risk body.

(Midwest Book Review)

An insightful and informative read.

(Nursing Times)

A top pick for any breast cancer collection.

(Midwest Book Review)

This book is an excellent resource for lay people trying to understand and deal with inherited breast and ovarian cancer.

(Judith Offman Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare)

About the Author

Sue Friedman, D.V.M., is the founder and executive director of Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. Her numerous articles on hereditary cancer have appeared in Oncology Times, CURE, Gene Watch, and the Boston Globe, among others. Rebecca Sutphen, M.D., is a nationally recognized clinical and research expert in hereditary cancer, professor of genetics at the University of South Florida, and chief medical officer of Informed Medical Decisions. Kathy Steligo is a freelance writer specializing in business and health topics and author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook.

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This book is very informative.
Amy Narasky
I highly recommend this to anyone concerned about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Linda Barrett
This book was my rock as I went through surgery options & genetic testing.
C. G. Johnston

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Opal on June 22, 2012
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I just read a paragraph in this book that could have come out of my own mouth...that's how it's so important to me. The subject of genetic counseling and testing specific to breast cancer was hidden years ago (I know my doctor never mentioned it: even with my extensive family history of breast cancer, and the increasing need for repeat mammograms when routine ones showed "something." I found out about genetic counseling/testing through an article in PEOPLE Magazine, & began my own investigation from there (totally alone-I was married to my now ex-husband who made it clear from the start he would NOT help me with any of this..1 reason I divorced him among many others.) There was no literature about "previvors" - women who took action to prevent inevitable breast cancer from starting. The American Cancer Society did NOT consider me a breast cancer survivor since they said I had never had breast cancer..a prophylactic double mastectomy didn't matter to them. This book shows that it DOES matter, and how genetic testing can stop cancer before it has a chance to start. I urge anyone reading this review to be proactive regarding their own lives & the lives of their loved ones, and buy this excellent book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Swenson on February 9, 2012
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This is a wonderful book to read whether you want to learn more about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer; whether you know someone who is BRCA1/BRCA2; or you personally have the genetic mutation. Having BRCA 2 myself and having had a bilateral mastectomy and oopherectomy, this book reinforced my personal decisions, while allowing others to understand their options and choices. It also contains many great references/links to check out. Information is what we need to make sound, informative, personal choices. My thanks to all those involved, especially Sue Friedman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deb Duquette Lockwood (Grand Rapids, Michigan) on April 30, 2012
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The authors of 'Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer' should be commended for creating this extraordinary resource. This book provides balanced information and answers to common and uncommon questions about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. It is an excellent resource not only for individuals and families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, but for health care providers, payers, laboratories and policy makers. The book includes excellent facts with insightful stories from individuals with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and expert commentary from leading national cancer and genetic experts. Each chapter of the book also includes a summary of important take home messages, and links to additional resources. The fourth section of the book includes information that is not commonly found in the literature, but is vital for the life course of patients with any hereditary cancer syndrome. It is truly a book that could save you and your family's life and is a must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ami H on March 1, 2012
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All the questions you might have -- and also the ones you haven't thought of yet -- are answered. The authors provide up-to-date information on understanding and managing your risk and also direct readers to authoritative sources to learn more. I especially like the way the authors respect the many different ways that people cope with these issues. There's no single right answer that is best for everyone; with this book as your guide, you'll be able to decide what's right for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allison Kurian on March 13, 2012
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This is a remarkably accurate, comprehensive, and practical guide for patients, doctors and family members. The text is clearly written and well-organized, with informative comments by experts and compelling stories told by people who have confronted hereditary breast and ovarian cancer on a personal level. As a physician practicing in this area of medicine, I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Adelson on February 18, 2012
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This book was written by three women whose combined knowledge of the topic is perhaps unsurpassed. I have had the honor of meeting Sue Friedman, DVM, who founded FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.) She is truly an encyclopedia of knowledge on the topic. She has teamed with Rebecca Stuphen MD, a clinical geneticist and esteemed researcher on genetic cancer and Kathy Steligo, a health writer who authored The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook. All three women are breast cancer survivors. When I faced my own knowledge of being a BRCA2 mutation carrier, FORCE did not exist, nor were there any reference books. I am thrilled to now be able to have this book for my own reference and to share with others who need guidance, including health care providers. It is well organized and has anecdotes that help make each topic more real and personal. There are helpful tips and diagrams. Further references, especially online links, at the end of each chapter are quite helpful. It also has expert views in each section and detailed publication references for each chapter. I plan to share it with my medical providers and hope that they not only read it but place it in their library to share with patients! I am thankful to the authors for compiling this treasure of information. Lori Adelson, MD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey S. on February 27, 2012
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From start to finish, this wonderful resource gives women at risk for breast and ovarian cancer the tools they need to move forward. Essentially, the tools they may need to save their own lives. It can also help their families, their friends, and those who have yet to figure out their BRCA status. From the medical to the emotional, Sue Friedman, Rebecca Sutphen and Kathy Steligo cover all the bases. I have LIVED this book. I had both breast cancer and early-stage, pre-invasive ovarian cancer, and I have the BRCA1 mutation. I WISH I had this book 15 years ago. If you want details on surgery, testing, treatment, side effects...or just counseling and survival statistics, this book has it all. It's about time!! And hopefully, it can save some lives.
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