Category: cancer

  • BRCA Gene Mutations and Pancreatic Cancer

    The third most common cancer associated with a BRCA1 or 2 gene mutation is pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the US and Australia, and has the worst five year survival rate (<9%).

  • Melanoma – Are You At Risk?

    This is a transcript of the Melanoma – Are You At Risk? episode of the BRCA Gene Mutation and Cancer Awareness podcast. It includes an interview with Jordan Hill, who had a melanoma at age 24. Important information for everyone, to raise awareness of the signs of melanoma and how to protect your skin from UV damage.

  • Being Diagnosed With a BRCA2 Gene Mutation – My Story

    Being Diagnosed with a BRCA2 Gene Mutation – My Story. This is a transcript of Episode 2 of the BRCA Gene Mutation and Cancer Awareness Podcast

  • Introducing My New Resource Page and Podcast

    This BRCA gene mutation and cancer awareness resource page and podcast aims to raise awareness of the BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutation and it’s link to cancer risk. I was diagnosed with a BRCA2 gene mutation, and my work as a Registered Nurse brings me into contact with many patients with cancer so I have a personal and professional interest in this subject

  • Update on Resilience, My Word of the Year

    Improving my Resilience is My Goal for the Year My word of the year is resilience.  I thought I would update my readers on how my goal of improving my resilience is going.  Resilience means to keep trying despite setbacks, to never give up.  I chose this as my word of the year to inspire […]

  • A Positive Attitude Can Improve Your Quality of Life

    A positive attitude can improve your quality of life and contribute to longevity and improved health as you age.  A positive attitude to life has been shown by studies to increase your lifespan by 11 to 15%, and increase your odds of living to 85 years or more.  Other benefits of optimism include stress reduction, […]

  • How to Perform a Breast Self Examination (and why)

    How to Perform a Breast Self Examination (and why)

    The most important detection for early breast cancer is regular breast self examination. This post will inform you of how to perform a breast self examination correctly, and other important facts

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I will be featuring breast cancer awareness in my blogs, as well as hereditary cancer.  My focus on cancer awareness this month is due to a passion for health promotion.  I can speak from experience because I have been a Registered Nurse for 30 years as well as having […]

  • Know Your Family and Personal Medical History

    Know Your Family and Personal Medical History

    It is essential that you know your family and personal health history. A free printable Health History form may be printed from this post.

  • Women of Courage Guest Post

    Women of Courage Guest Post

    I was asked to write a guest post for Denyse Whelan’s Women of Courage Series. Follow the link to my contribution to her series