Health Information Lunchtime Lecture Series - Prophylactic Mastectomy: Insights from Women Who Chose to Reduce Their Risk

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Francis Countway Library of Medicine, Minot Room, fifth floor 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA

Andrea Farkas Patenaude, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, will discuss her book Prophylactic Mastectomy.

Dr. Patenaude was among the first researchers to study the psychological impacts of genetic testing on patients and their families. Her book describes the stories of 21 women choosing to undergo prophylactic mastectomy to significantly reduce their very high hereditary risk of getting breast cancer. As the use of genetic testing in medicine increases, so, too, does the number of women facing similar dilemmas.

Following the lecture there will be a booksigning, books sold by the Simmons College Bookstore, and a reception in the Lahey Room, 5th floor.

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