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I was born June 18, 1972, thirty minutes after my identical twin Vanessa Robinson. I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse.

In 2007, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in her left breast twenty years apart. She was diagnosed at the age 36 and 56. She is still alive to this date. It was then, I had a vivid dream that I would be my mother’s daughter to have to go through this challenge. In this dream, I felt like I would be okay either way. I took care of my mother during this critical time.

 
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Hereditary cancer and the brca-2 gene

The two genes most commonly associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are called BRCA1 and BRCA2 (for Breast Cancer 1 and Breast Cancer 2 genes). A blood or cheek swab test is available that can tell if a person carries a mutation in one of these genes.

mammograms win lives

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable.

 

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