Introduction

The aim of this website is to offer support to women who have been found to carry a BRCA1/2 gene mutation and for others in the Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) community.

I have written a book on the BRCA gene and the management options available to BRCA mutation carriers, including screening (early detection), risk-reducing surgery and chemoprevention (the use of drugs to lower the risk of developing cancer), with reference to relevant research (please see 'managing your risk' section for more information).

My book also includes my experience, both physically and emotionally, of undergoing a risk-reducing mastectomy (removal of breast tissue) and a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries) and the surgically-induced menopause which follows.

My book entitled, "Understanding BRCA", published by Hammersmith Books, is available now!
Kindly note, sales from this site are for UK & European orders only. For all other regions, please visit www.hamersmithbooks.co.uk or your regional Amazon website.
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I also have a Facebook support group called Understanding BRCA. We are now on Twitter @BRCAHelp

I am delighted to announce that my book has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the
Popular Medicine category in the 2018 BMA Medical Book Awards.

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I am delighted to share with you all that I am a Finalist of The People’s Book Prize competition 2018. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and taken the time to vote! Voting reopens again 1-30 April 2019 and winners will be announced at the 10th Awards Celebratory Ceremony on 8 May 2019 at the historic Stationers' Hall.
Please click on the button below to register your vote and to help raise further awareness of this much needed book.
Voting is available to all internationally!


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BRCA Support

I am available to anyone worldwide who needs help.

Feel free to ask me any question, no matter how personal.

For those who reside in the UK, I am also more than happy to meet face-to-face (free of any charge), on a one-to-one basis to offer support and to answer any questions you may have. I am also happy to show my breast reconstruction in person.

I would have benefited greatly had there been such support when I was found to carry a BRCA mutation and I would like to use my experience to help others. If you have any questions, please contact me at Clarissa@understandingbrca.co.uk