The Weekly: Genetic testing, skin cancer risk in winter, and more

Published on December 18, 2020

The Weekly

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My Terminal Breast Cancer Was Misdiagnosed for a Year. Genetic Testing Saved My Sister from the Same Fate.

WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2020 (Good Housekeeping)—Having chosen to change careers in my late 20s to become a chef, I had accepted that aches and pains are part of the job — regardless, I loved what I was doing. Serving families a delicious meal is a great passion in my life, and feeling tired and sore at the end of a shift was par for the course.

That’s why at first, five years ago, I really didn’t think about my chronic back pain. Then one day I managed to somehow fracture my collar bone while doing routine tasks on the job. Doctors took CT scans of my back and body, but initially said nothing major was going on; maybe fibromyalgia at worst. I didn’t even think to ask for a report.

A year later, I was laying in bed, and felt something pressed up against my side. I thought I had fallen asleep on my cell phone and reached over to grab it — except it wasn’t there. All I felt was a hard lump on my breast.

In other news…

New Scan Finds Prostate Cancer Cells Hiding in the Body
December 16, The New York Times

Crapo, Bennet, colleagues introduce bipartisan legislation to ensure Medicare beneficiaries receive coverage for cancer detection technologies
December 16,

For college students, skin cancer risk remains high in winter months
December 17, Bringham Young University

‘Today’ anchor Craig Melvin’s brother Lawrence Meadows dead at 43 of colon cancer
December 14, U.S. News & World Report


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