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BY Tara Kirk

When I was 6 years old, my mother died from cancer. She was only 35, and at the time, her death came as a shock to everyone in our family.

About 24 years later, my maternal aunt was diagnosed with serous uterine cancer. Her oncologist noticed a pattern of cancer in our family. Genetic testing confirmed his suspicion: my aunt had Lynch Syndrome, a genetic mutation that increases a person’s for colorectal and uterine cancers. Her...

Lynch syndrome survivor Tara Kirk with her family

BY Tara Kirk

In 2016, I found out that I had inherited a genetic mutation known as Lynch Syndrome from my mother, who’d died 26 years earlier from cancer...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As a cancer caregiver, you’ve probably been told it’s important to take care of your own physical and mental health, too. But sometimes that...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Suzanne Moilanen has lived in six countries in the last 30 years. And while she enjoyed living abroad, it also allowed her to get complacent about her health.

“When you’re young and you live overseas, you don’t do well-woman exams every year,” she says, “and you kind of worry only about your kids’ health care needs.”

Then last summer, after she’d worked her way up to walking/running eight miles every day, her progress started...

Cancerwise blog post: After breast cancer diagnosis, survivor chooses to join clinical trial in hopes of furthering advancement of breast cancer treatment

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Nearly a decade ago, Maria Newhouse’s father was told that his colorectal cancer had metastasized to his liver and lungs and that he had no...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Becky Roberds’ wedding was set for July 11, 2015. The 38-year-old had already selected her venue, invited the guests and tailored her dress...

BY Stacey Fields

When I turned 40 and it was time to schedule my first mammogram, I was hesitant to do so. I’ve heard many frightening stories about how painful...

BY Kathleen Gahm

My family is no stranger to cancer. In 2005, my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and in 2006, my older sister faced a diagnosis of...

BY Karen Mae Perdon

As an MD Anderson research nurse whose mother and sister have both received cancer treatment, I understand what my patients – and especially...

BY Kellie Bramlet

During cancer treatment, you may be focused on just one thing: beating cancer. But after treatment, it can be hard to remember to get your...