Breast cancer runs in my family, though thankfully ovarian cancer does not. My mother, her sister and I are all breast cancer survivors. You no doubt know one or several yourself.
The odds of surviving breast cancer are high, though--as they say-- early detection is key. I was angry at myself, when I was diagnosed, for not having gotten a mammogram in several years, despite my family history. Had I been properly screened , and caught it earlier, I might have gotten away with just surgery and radiation, but as it was fairly advanced, I had to put myself and my family through months of chemotherapy.
All that’s behind me now, and I’m grateful for my health.
I did get tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes though, on the recommendation of my doctor. Turns out I do not have either one. If I did, I would have considered elective surgery to reduce my chances of getting ovarian cancer . That’s the cancer that really scares me.