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How to make the best decisions when at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer
Date:2/22/2010

When she was forty-two, Joi Morris learned that she has a genetic mutation on a gene known as BRCA2. This meant that her risk of getting breast cancer could be as high as 84 percent by age seventy, and that her risk for ovarian cancer was also high. Compounding her risk was the fact that her mother had developed breast cancer in her forties. After much research and consultation, Joi made the difficult decision of undergoing prophylactic bilateral mastectomies.

When she first received her genetic test results, the vast knowledge needed to understand both her risk and her medical options was daunting and confusing. She yearned for answers to her many questions but there was no single, comprehensive source of information and advice to help guide her. POSITIVE RESULTS: MAKING THE BEST DECISIONS WHEN YOU'RE AT HIGH RISK FOR BREAST OR OVARIAN CANCER (Prometheus Books, $20) was born of Joi's desire to create such a resource for those women (and some men) like her who were fighting, facing, and fearing breast and ovarian cancer.

To create a thorough guidebook, Joi needed the help of a compassionate and experienced medical expert. Enter Dr. Ora Gordona medical geneticist, director of the Cedars-Sinai GenRisk Adult Genetics program, and Joi's doctor. Through clinical practice, teaching, and professional lectures, Dr. Gordon had come to the realization that the general public understood little about hereditary cancer risk, and that unfortunately many doctors advising these women and men often had incomplete information. She too felt a book was needed that would give women and men the basic vocabulary and tools for navigating cancer risk for themselves and their loved ones, as well as providing an invaluable resource for primary-care doctors. Together they have created a truly unique resource for families facing the specter of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

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Contact: Jill Maxick
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800-853-7545
Prometheus Books
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