High-Risk Resources

Bright Pink has compiled one-of-a-kind resources to inform and empower high-risk women as they navigate their lives as a woman at risk.

Bright Pink’s Empowered Patient Guides will help you learn more about yourself and your health care providers. Each guide can be downloaded, printed, and taken with you to your doctors’ appointments. Use the questions as conversation starters, come prepared with questions of your own, and take notes. Together, you and your doctor can create a risk management plan that’s right for you.

The Silver Lining

Even though some side effects of risk-reducing measures can make it difficult to conceive children the natural way, getting a head start can make a world of difference. Whether or not you’re ready to start a family, you can increase your future reproductive options by starting to think about it now.

Fertility Preservation

If you know you might want to have biological children someday, there are ways to preserve your fertility — but they have to be done before you undergo chemoprevention or an oophorectomy.

Embryo Banking involves retrieving several of your eggs at once, and then uses in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create embryos. Those embryos are then frozen until you’re ready to have children.

Egg Banking is similar, but allows you to freeze your eggs to be fertilized at a later time. Many single women who are undergoing an oophorectomy find this to be a good option. For more information, check out eggsurance.com.

With either alternative, as long as your uterus stays intact, you will likely be able to carry your own baby when you’re ready. If this is not an option for you, you may still be able to have biological children with a surrogate. A fertility specialist can help you sort through the best options for you.

Fertility Resources

For help with medical options and local fertility preservation referrals, call the FERTLINE Fertility Navigators at the Oncofertility Consortium (866-708-3378).

For additional information about fertility options and resources, including financial assistance, check out the LIVESTRONG Fertility program.

And for positive peer support from someone who has gone through a similar experience, sign up for our PinkPal® program.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Resources

Basser Research Center for BRCA
PennCancer.org/Basser

Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders
JewishGenetics.org

FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
FacingOurRisk.org

National Early Detection Program
CDC.gov/cancer/nbccedp

Know:BRCA
KnowBRCA.org

Pink Hope
PinkHope.org.au

Sharsheret
Sharsheret.org

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
OvarianCancer.org

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Ovarian.org

Genetic Testing Resources

Informed DNA
InformedDNA.com

National Society of Genetic Counselors
NSGC.org

Employment, Financial and Legal Resources

Cancer and Careers
CancerAndCareers.org

Cancer Legal Resource Center
DisabilityRightsLegalCenter.org/cancer-legal-resource-center

Cancer Resource Foundation
Cancer1Source.org

Gina Help
GinaHelp.org

Patient Advocate Foundation
PatientAdvocate.org

Fertility Resources

MyOncoFertility
MyOncoFertility.org

Eggsurance
Eggsurance.com

Fertile Action
FertileAction.org

Screening Resources

National Early Detection Program
CDC.gov/Cancer/nbccedp

Cancer Fighter/Survivor Resources

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Komen.org

Breast Cancer Fund
BreastCancerFund.org

Sister’s Network Sisters
SistersNetworkInc.org

Sharsheret
Sharsheret.org

Mautner Project
Whitman-Walker.org/mautnerproject

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
CriticalMass.org

Stupid Cancer
StupidCancer.org

National Coalition for LGBT Health
LGBTHealth.Webolutionary.com

National LGBT Cancer Network
Cancer-Network.org

CancerCare
CancerCare.org

 


Nueva Vida
Nueva-Vida.org

Latinas Contra Cancer
LatinasContraCancer.org

Keep A Breast
Keep-A-Breast.org

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
LBBC.org

Young Survival Coalition
YoungSurvival.org

Livestrong
Livestrong.org

Cancer Support Community
CancerSupportCommunity.org

National Cancer Institute
Cancer.gov

Prevent Cancer Foundation
PreventCancer.org

Imerman Angels
ImermanAngels.org

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