KRAS-Variant Stories

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Turning Knowledge Into Action & Power

Jane* had always followed the medical guidelines, so at age 40, she started her annual mammogram screenings. In March of 2009, right before her 57th birthday, Jane went in for what she…

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Connecting a Family History of Cancer with Personal Health

Jenn Roark was only 33 when she was first diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer. She felt a hard spot on her breast, short of a lump, but decided to be safe…

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Karen and family

How Genetic Testing Helped Karen Navigate Her Cancer Treatment

When pathology reports from her lung cancer biopsy showed that 56-year-old Karen Peterson was positive for the KRAS oncogene, she had never heard of the KRAS protein before. Karen and her family…

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How Hazel Helped Scientists Learn More About Hormone Replacement Therapy

For women approaching or experiencing menopause, the question of whether or not to utilize hormone replacement therapy is a common one. After her hysterectomy at age 45, Hazel, now 87 years old…

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Tina and family

“Nobody plans to get cancer–I certainly didn’t.”

During the summer of 2009, Tina Kelly noticed two pea-sized lumps in her right breast.  Feeling strong and having plenty of energy, she thought for sure they were benign fibroids, which she…

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Using My Illness to Change the Future

A Guest Post by Nancy Bower Kantola Chavez: “It’s definitely cancer” is what I heard on the second day of my summer vacation in July 1995. I was 34 years old and…

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