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“I Want to Change How the Healthcare System Views Previvors”, Jenny Wikoff

11/01/2017

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Maimah Karmo, Huffington Post Contributor
Publisher, Bliss Magazine; Author, Fearless & CEO, Tigerlily Foundation

“We must invest in educating the medical community about BRCA – beyond the cancer specialists – and raise awareness of BRCA so women get screened and know where to turn if they receive a positive diagnosis.” - Jenny Wikoff

Jenny Wikoff is a 38-year-old mother of two boys, one a 2 ½ year old toddler and the other, an active 5-year old. She is also a full-time working woman, a wife, a daughter and a sister. Jenny loves the outdoors, good food and good music. She is like most young women. Jenny also happens to be a BRCA 2 gene carrier. Which means that she has up to an 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer and up to a-30 percent lifetime risk for an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Jenny is also a fighter. Here’s her story.