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The Future of Livestrong

My survivor sister Laura appeared on CNN recently to discuss the future of cancer research funding in the wake of the USADA report on Lance Armstrong and his resignation as chairman of Livestrong.

Laura, who finished treatment earlier this month (Go, Laura!), also writes about the experience over at her great blog, thelymphomaletters.com.

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Two Important Genetic Tests Can Help Women Assess Breast Cancer Risk

In this piece, my colleague, friend and survivor sister Kathy O’Brien writes in The Star-Ledger about two little-known genetic tests that can help women assess their breast cancer risk.

Kathy and I had discussed one of the tests, the BART test, after I learned that it is not part of the standard BRCA test screening process for someone who doesn’t have a family history of breast cancer.

The BART test typically looks at genetic structures differently than BRCA.

Think of it this way: while BRCA is like a computer spell-checker program that looks for the equivalent of misplaced letters in the genetic code, BART is more like an editor who examines whether or not whole chapters are missing from the book.

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Raising Awareness

Victoria St. Martin featured on realbeauty.com
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has gotten off to a fast start for Vickie, who’s featured in two online profiles of women who have been diagnosed with the disease.

The Young Survival Coalition began a month-long series of daily profiles of women on its Web site with Vickie’s story.

Vickie is also featured as part of a series on realbeauty.com.

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