Understanding more genetic breast cancer connections.
Though only about 7% of women with breast cancer are diagnosed before the age of 40, Golkin-Nigliazzo knew that she had a genetic risk of the disease.
“Because of my family history, I expected to be diagnosed at some point,” said the New York-based real estate attorney. She’s now 34 and said she’s cancer-free.
Her mother, Judy Golkin, was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer at 33 and died of the disease at 35. Golkin-Nigliazzo started to get screenings for breast cancer annually in her early 20s. Some experts recommend that those with a family history begin screening 10 years before the age of the earliest diagnosis in the family.
In 2013, an MRI screening at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York revealed signs of cancer in Golkin-Nigliazzo’s right breast. She then had a spot mammogram and biopsy performed.
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