BFFL Co Founder Featured in Time.com Story

Timecover10-28-13In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, TIME photographed 15 womenwho chose to have preventative double mastectomies because their risk of breast cancer was very high.

Included in the story was BFFL Co Founder and CEO Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, who underwent the prophylactic procedure because her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all had breast cancer.

Many women carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, which can increase the risk of breast cancer by up to 80% and the risk of ovarian cancer by 45%. This prompts many women to decide to remove their breasts even before any signs of cancer. Those who test positive for the mutations also have a 50% chance of passing the gene to their children.

To learn more about the stories of these courageous ladies, read: Before Angelina: Portraits of Breast Cancer Previvors and Survivors.

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One Response to BFFL Co Founder Featured in Time.com Story

  1. Morton I. Goldstein M.D. says:

    My compliments on your good work. I do agree with you strongly that the BMJ article was not picked up and disseminated. Even though I read breast imaging articles regularly on Medscape, I did not see reference to a report indicating an increase in deaths after augmentation, but I am totally prepared to believe it. And after doing breast imaging for 20 years as part of my earlier Radiography practice I have always believed that the implants interfered with complete imaging. Although, mammography Tomosynthesis may help to solve the problem. Probably the most economical approach to future breast imaging would be the combination of routine mammography with recent technology screening breast ultrasound. Years ago I worked with the Pioneer in this area, Elizabeth Kelly Frye.

    Perhaps sometime soon I will have a chance to communicate with you what I learned about errors in instructions for professional and self breast exam and a very simple way to correct these instructions. Proof of concept would be very simple by performing both exams on the same patient, and comparing results, which will be immediately obvious if something new should be discovered with the altered method. Then a statistical sstudy could be planned for publication.

    Next week I will send another communication to inquire if we can arrange how to talk about a possible additional ergonomic product that I am sure would interest you, but is not currently patented.
    Happy Holidays.
    All my best : MIG

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