Breast Cancer ‘SurviveHER’ Brings Awareness to Genetic Testing
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and approximately 1 in 10 breast cancer patients have a genetic variant that increases their risk of developing the disease.
To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October breast cancer survivor and SurviveHER founder, Lyndsay Levingston shares her powerful story about surviving breast cancer and the importance of genetic testing in both assessing risk of and determining treatment options.
At just 37 years old, Lyndsay Levingston was living her best life in NYC with a successful broadcast TV career when in July 2019, she felt a lump in her breast. She was soon diagnosed with triple negative, stage 2 breast cancer—an aggressive form of cancer that is more common in Black women, has limited treatment options, and oftentimes a worse prognosis. Halfway through treatment, she learned that a cousin had also been diagnosed with breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation which inspired her to look into her family history and get a medical genetic test through Invitae (pronounced in-VEE-tay). The results of this test revealed she carried the BRCA1 mutation, which completely altered her cancer treatment plan.
DID YOU KNOW?
- BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the most common genes known to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
- If you learn you carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation and are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, there are actionable steps you can take with your doctor to get ahead of the risks.
- Medical genetic testing is equally important for patients already navigating breast or other types of cancer.
- Changes in treatment after an oncologist reviews medical genetic testing results aren’t uncommon. In fact, research shows that risk-causing genetic changes are common across cancer types and when patients do receive genetic testing, the majority are eligible for changes to their treatment plans.
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