Could You Be At Risk For Cancer? Take the Quiz to Find Out

Brightpink.org’s Lindsay Avner joins “GMA Live” to discuss cancer prevention during national women’s health week.
6:08 | 05/13/14

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So -- want to move mountains this is this is really actually very near and dear to -- both of us I think for different reasons it's national women's health week. And -- awareness about prevention grows there are more and more great resources for women to take advantage of online. And we are joined now by bright pink dot com and that's -- to find them and got our concern is one of the places where you can educate yourself follow things. -- -- -- -- -- -- So bright pink add to tell the back story Lindsay and -- -- other. -- nine years of -- yeah sounds. Along time ago and you started and break -- And it has taken -- Crazy and tell -- all about the organization so we -- to start from the well I started organization. Again and eight years ago all inspired by my in his battle with cancer so I Graham and prepayment died a week apart both from breast cancer my mom is a twenty year breast. Nineteen -- ovarian cancer survivor at the age of 23 Canada tested positive for the BRC -- one mutation. And I was the youngest person in the country to opt for a -- producing double mastectomy so. I met you back your Chicago days and you just have embraced us -- organization. With everything you've been so incredible throughout the -- and it was a big choice then and now obviously have so much connection to -- Yeah also a double mastectomy and gather around. It -- great for my next surgery and then I'm done. You know what -- initially absolutely had an impact on my decision because you know -- their choices you're faced with totally -- had a stuffed toys -- a tough -- even with my diagnosis of cancer and honestly knowing that she did it and she still looks beautiful because you're you're losing part of what makes you -- -- and actually it really is an emotional and physical. Decision that you go through and she -- that make it -- scary for me and that's the whole goal I think in terms of letting women now. It's not the into the world when you know you -- -- don't look good you can still feel that. Well and for you know eight years you mean we're out -- -- -- -- people understand about breast cancer -- can understand that if you have to make decisions like this. It's doesn't need a compromiser cents a femininity and in the day that he -- the world's most famous superstar revealed that as. It was incredible. Just hearing people throw terms like you're seeing positive now -- risk reducing mastectomy around like it was commonplace and I was like guys for eight years Siemens -- -- outing but. You know what's so interesting filing kind of what we're calling usually not fact making the cover of time magazine. Is that while Americans are aware of this surgery in this decision -- -- or even tiny percent felt compelled to take action and and I think that that's -- that's pretty startling you that we -- talk about this every news outlet covering and -- The end of the day awareness is okay but as you know action is what saves lives in -- That's what today is all about what happened because you know. What I this isn't it that that bowled me over when I agreed to do this mammogram yeah television which I was not in any hurry to do. Because I didn't feel like I had any of those risk factors. But the truth is more than 80% of all breast cancers have no family -- so you know there are risk factors and then when you know you know but then there are those of us who are ignorant. And and and people think ignorance is close but it certainly isn't in the case breast cancer and had already spread -- my lymph nodes and I felt perfectly healthy had no family history. And couldn't have imagined I could possibly have -- -- not -- I think this story between your story in my story together says that he all the women -- -- -- And so it's really important to figure out what's your risk level. Every single woman needs to be taking action to either reduce their risk -- and didn't detect cancer early action because I think a lot of women I know this was certainly my case. Have a million excuses I'm busy. I gotta make my kid's doctor's appointments he put everyone else in front of you and your job and you make excuses. But if you're not there it -- it to be the woman you can be -- on your mom are white for whatever -- just kissing a woman. You can't do anything for anybody -- he got to be here he gets you to survive your diet so it's about taking action can be proactive and you have a -- this is what I liked about having you on -- to -- -- -- Maybe someone like me would have -- no idea what my wrist is. And so where do we find in what is the quiz -- exactly -- -- Assess your risk dot -- and what it is is it's fifteen question and it's a combination of your feeling health history with lifestyle factors -- -- -- to tell you. Are you at average risk even that averages -- legion taking action you know he maintaining a healthy body weight and visit your doctor -- the questions ask is important. Or could you be elevated risk and is that we need to. DeConcini actually topped with potentially visiting -- -- a counselor -- had conversations about starting screening earlier self. Again were actually an anniversary of his one year Angelina fact we're trying to get 20000. People. To make that commitment to be proactive with their -- by visiting -- -- your risk dot org. And I ginger was was playing around on the -- -- -- super easy it takes a couple minutes. On and it's just it's as fun as taking like a -- Women's Health magazine Chris it's pretty inner act of very interactive -- and telling and that means that gives you some idea that presently and it's very easy. Like -- -- and also to say if your forty year over. Get your mammogram it's not foolproof but it absolutely saved my life and -- on my cancer sort of growing in my thirties and I had no idea -- -- if you have a family history. Ten years younger and then when that the mere solitude was diagnosis was diagnosed -- 94636. Is when we got happy start -- exactly so could be young enough and easy tackling or forty in his mind this is my. Baseline mammogram that our hot one before so people put those off and that one in now and so it's just. That's the point where you know I don't care what you think your risk level -- -- I had about a 1% chance of having breast cancer if you look at what -- or -- my history was. And I asked about it so anybody is is is vulnerable if you have breasts you're vulnerable you got it breasts and ovaries and -- how are so important skill. And you are -- an inspiration to meet our entire organization and community and ginger thank you for all your log out of the year since saying let's sell it some -- in everyone's lives touched but I -- sure everybody behind us now someone and we love you think they can do the same chelios thank you so much -- -- -- -- risk Scott cattle.

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