“I always thought that if I tested positive for a genetic mutation I was destined to get cancer. I had no idea how powerful I would feel knowing I could help prevent a future diagnosis.” – Mary

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What Do Genes Have To Do With Me?

They make you uniquely you. Genes carry information that determines things you can see, like hair color, and things you can’t see, like your risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Bright Pink wants all women to be empowered to make important decisions about genetic testing and their health. It all starts by exploring your genetics.

UNDERSTAND THE GENETIC LINK

What Genes Tell Us

When it comes to our bodies, genes run the show, telling our cells how to create the various proteins that keep us going.

GENETICS 101

Genes are why you have the physical traits you do—your eye color, hair color, the shape of your nose. All determined by your genes.

GENETICS 101

The genes you are born with may contribute to your risk of developing certain types of diseases, including breast and ovarian cancer.

THE CANCER CONNECTION

We inherit each of our genes – two copies of each – directly from our parents. And sometimes we inherit their risk, too. Understanding your genes helps you determine your level of risk.

THE CANCER CONNECTION
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Decide if testing is right for you
Learn more about the reasons for getting tested and the experts you can work with.

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Understand how to get tested
Find out about your testing options – and why cost doesn’t have to be a barrier.

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From women just like you to genetics professionals, you have incredible support options.

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Myth

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the only gene mutations associated with breast and ovarian cancer.

Reality

While BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the most well-known and common genes for breast and/or ovarian cancer, many other gene mutations are also associated with these diseases.

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Myth

If you have a gene mutation, you will get cancer.

Reality

While it’s true that if you have a gene mutation you have a higher risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer during your lifetime, a mutation DOES NOT guarantee you will develop cancer.

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Myth

Genetic testing is only for people who haven’t had cancer.

Reality

Genetic testing can be really helpful in understanding if a cancer diagnosis was sporadic or due to an inherited mutation and if you may have an increased risk for other cancers. Your loved ones also benefit in knowing if there is an inherited mutation in your family tree.

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About this Site

ExploreYourGenetics.org was developed in memory of Felicia Kaplan, who passed away from breast cancer. Felicia learned she was a BRCA1 mutation carrier after she had been diagnosed, and sadly lost her 7-year battle in 2012. A genetic test, prior to her diagnosis, could have saved her life. Bright Pink hopes this site will help all women feel informed and empowered to make a thoughtful, supported decision when it comes to breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing.

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