Amy Byer Shainman, also known as the BRCA Responder, is a passionate patient advocate for those with BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes. While Angelina Jolie inherited her BRCA1 gene mutation from her mother, Amy inherited her BRCA1 gene mutation from her father. In 2010, Amy had two prophylactic surgeries to reduce her cancer risk drastically; a nipple sparing, skin-sparing mastectomy with reconstruction and oophorectomy with a hysterectomy.
Amy has appeared in numerous news articles and television segments sharing her story while stressing how important certified genetic counseling is in the genetic testing equation. She has appeared in Cure Magazine and written articles for The American Journal of Managed Care and Oncology Nursing News. She is the Executive Producer of the award winning BRCA documentary Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer, the creator of Hereditary Cancer News, the Co-Creator of #GenCSM - Genetic Cancer Social Media, and an administrator of BRCA Sisterhood (the largest worldwide BRCA support group for women 9000+ members).
Colors of Hereditary Cancer
PINK AND BLUE takes a profound look into the BRCA world examining what it is and how this mutation puts both women and men at a higher risk of developing numerous cancers.
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