Be Proactive About Your Fertility — Here Are Some Steps You Can Take Before Starting Treatment

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Ladies, if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, it’s important for you to be proactive. If you know you want to have kids in the future, or even if you think you might want to have kids in the future, now is the time to take steps toward ensuring that can happen after cancer and cancer treatments have impacted your fertility.

Talking to your doctors about the prevalence of these cancers in your family allows your healthcare providers to help you determine whether you too have inherited the risk for cancer. Your doctor can also discuss your options with you and help you choose the one that best meets your needs.

If steps are taken early, women who have a genetic predisposition for these cancers can take concrete steps to preserve their ability to have children. You’ll thank yourself down the road for thinking about this in advance and doing something to help your future self!

Knowledge and spreading awareness really does save lives! Being proactive is a sound strategy in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?