Episode 5: I Want Black Women to Have More Choices

Season 1 | Episode 4 | September 21, 2020

Erika Stallings

BRCA2 Gene Mutation Carrier and Cancer Previvor

In this episode, Erika Stallings, a New York based attorney, writer and BRCA awareness advocate, shares her story about uncovering her BRCA2 gene mutation in her 20s, the importance of medical literacy — even with financial resources and social capital, and her journey to a preventative mastectomy. Quick genetics breakdown – BRCA is just an abbreviation for BReast CAncer gene. Everyone has the BRCA 1 and 2 gene, but it’s the mutation of these genes that can mean it’s more likely you will get breast cancer, get it early and pass it along genetically to your children. This is the relationship between Erika’s mother’s cancer and Erika’s own previvor experience. 

This episode was recorded a few days after learning about Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing due to Stage 4 colon cancer. 

Important Research Erika Noted In Her Interview:

Here are Erika’s listener recommendations:

Post Show Goodies: No post show this week! Take that time to check out all Erika’s links and recommendations. 

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This episode was created during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for Black lives.