Fertility Clinics and Breast Cancer ‘Previvor’ Team Up to Raise Awareness About Genetic Risk of Disease

Fertility Clinics and Breast Cancer ‘Previvor’ Team Up to Raise Awareness About Genetic Risk of Disease
For patients with gene mutations that increase their risk for diseases such as breast cancer, fertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF) center Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) is offering individualized testing to lower the risk of passing the mutation to their children. To educate patients about such interventions, as well as the availability of fertility preservation before any cancer treatment, SGF is partnering with women’s health advocate and former Miss USA and Miss America contestant Allyn Rose. Rose also is a breast cancer “previvor,” meaning she’s a survivor of a predisposition to cancer, but has not had the disease. Her mother died from breast cancer when Rose was 16, and she lost both her grandmother and great aunt to the disease. “One of the most challenging things about growing up without a mom is thinking that you’re going to have to face life’s special experiences alone. It’s especially true for a woman,” she said in a press release. “I understand the difficulties of having to become your own mentor, and I’m passionate about encouraging others to not allow t
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