When Jill and her husband took the 23andMe test on World DNA Day, her husband was interested in learning about his traits and family history, but for Jill the stakes proved to be considerably higher.
When the couple received their results, Jill opted into her Genetic Health Risk* reports, she learned that she had a BRCA1 mutation. She also learned that this meant she had a higher chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer. But her results gave her something else, as well -- a sense of resolve. Determined to do everything in her power to protect her health, Jill consulted with genetic counselors and doctors who recommended a course of action, which she followed.
Jill continues to take preventive steps to monitor her health, and even serves on the leadership council of Basser Center for BRCA. For her, BRCA awareness is both a personal and public issue. Jill says she’s grateful that she was able to take information about her genetic code and keep herself healthy.