By Rhonda Massad
The first Montreal based BRCA support group will open its doors and will meet twice a month on Tuesdays, starting Oct. 14, from 7-9 p.m., at the YM-YWHA on Westbury Avenue in Montreal.
Karen Malkin-Lazarovitz and Rachel Silva-Smith joined forces along with help from Willow Breast and Hereditary Cancer Support, a national, not-for-profit organization, when they realized they could offer a much needed service to women exploring genetic testing, worried about a lump, waiting for test results or coming to terms with a diagnosis.
“This is not a decision to have a boob job. This is a decision to have an amputation and a decision you make while you are healthy,” she explained. “Not everyone goes the route that I went. Some people choose to monitor more carefully through with increased screening or drug therapies such as tamoxifen.”
The support group will provide that provides free support, insight and information to anyone, including those at high risk and those affected by breast and hereditary cancer.
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