Am I Next In Line inspires readers to address the question of whether cancer in their family is hereditary. “Taking Action on Your Health” at the end of each chapter empowers the reader to actively seek a course of action for cancer prevention. Monique Achtman is referred to as a “pre-vivor” instead of a survivor, because after testing positive for the BRCA-1 cancer gene mutation she became vigilant about cancer surveillance and prevention. Being a carrier of the BRCA-1 cancer gene mutation means that her risk for breast and ovarian cancer is as high as 85% and 65% respectively. However, by taking the steps, detailed in the book, to reduce her risk by as much as 97% she has conquered the fear of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer! Several appendices offer poignant stories of women, and men, who manage their hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk*. Affirmations and Making the Decision to be Tested are appendices that help the reader deal with family evidence that may support a hereditary cancer link. Internet support, Recommend Reading and Resources are additional important components of this book. * Men can be carriers of the gene mutation and pass it on to their children.
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Monique Achtman has a keen interest in genealogy and health especially since many in her family have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer before age 40. By learning about the latest cancer research available and noting that families, like hers, with a history of breast and ovarian cancer are eligible for genetic counseling and gene testing, she embarked on a mission to prevent hereditary cancer from affecting her. She is a member of the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Society of Alberta; the Independent Publishers Association of Canada, and Toastmasters International. Monique is a trained “Listen to the Whispers” volunteer with the National Ovarian Cancer Association of Canada. Dr. Rhiannon Hughes, MD, MSC, FRCPC, FCCMG, respected medical geneticist, wrote the Foreword and ensured that all medical information in this book is accurate and helpful to the reader.Review:
"Achtman covers the issues facing the BRCA children, the first generation to deal with certain knowledge of their cancer genes." --Pamela Weintraub, Mamm - Women, Cancer and Community, Sept/Oct. 2005
"... To raise public awareness about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer... This book explores the human side of hereditary cancer syndromes." --Dr. Rhiannon Hughes, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCCMG, Am I Next In Line, Foreword
"...written with courage, candor and clarity, providing an important glimpse into the life of a cancer pre-vivor..." --Warren Harbeck, columnist, Cochrane Eagle, August 5, 2005
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