Author: Dr. Judi Favor

Dr. Favor applauds Angelina Jolie’s decision to share her mastectomy story

Today actress Angelina Jolie announced in the New York Times that she has undergone a preventive double-mastectomy to reduce her very high risk of developing breast cancer. Her mother died of breast cancer at age 56 and her maternal grandmother died at age 45, and she herself carries a defective BRCA1 gene. In her Times op-ed piece, Jolie describes the urgent need for all high-risk women to have access to the expensive BRCA test, “regardless of their means and background, wherever they live.” She also offers a candid description of the three-part surgical procedure she chose…

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From Dr. Favor–March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

We understand that, through a large part of her life, her gynecologist may be the only physician a woman sees every year. While our focus is your reproductive health, we want you to be well-informed about other health issues you may face now or in the future. Colorectal cancer is one of these risks.
Despite the fact that these cancers are highly preventable and very treatable in earlier stages, they are the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. for both men and women. Factors that increase your risk of colon cancer include…

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From Dr. Favor–Genetic testing for breast or ovarian cancer

You may have heard in recent news celebrity Sharon Osbourne’s discussion of her breast cancer risk and her decision to undergo surgery. How did she and her doctor come to this decision?  Ms. Osbourne, judge on America’s Got Talent and wife of Ozzy Osbourne, announced that she carries a gene that is known to significantly increase her breast and ovarian cancer risk.

Although most breast and ovarian cancers are sporadic—meaning they do not appear to be hereditary—women who carry genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 have a much greater risk of developing these cancers…

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