Previvors Book Published on Heels of New Nationally-Recognized Previvor Day

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Women At Risk For Hereditary Cancers Gain Increasing Mainstream Awareness

On the first National Previvor Day, women at risk for developing hereditary breast cancer are earning recognition from Capitol Hill to Main Street. Directly on the heels of this high-profile official recognition, Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions will be published by Penguin on October 5th. It is the first comprehensive guidebook for breast cancer previvors: people who have not had the disease but have a predisposition to develop it.

On September 15th, 2010 the House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the last week of September National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and the last Wednesday of September National Previvor Day (September 29th). The initiative was driven forward by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and organizations including Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), Bright Pink, and the Young Survival Coalition. A few days after HBOC week concludes, the book Previvors goes on sale, further heightening awareness among women at risk for breast cancer.

“In 2007, Time magazine called “previvors” a buzzword of the year,” stated Dina Roth Port, author of Previvors. “It’s amazing to see this community emerging on all fronts: From further advances in genetics and medicine, to recognition by Congress. I hope to bring this national dialogue to more high-risk women through the upcoming book.”

Revealing and timely, Previvors includes research based on Roth Port’s interviews with more than 70 leading medical experts. The book also tells the stories of Lisa, Mayde, Amy, Rori, and Suzanne—five friends who though healthy, had a high risk for breast cancer, and made the difficult, yet empowering decision to undergo prophylactic mastectomies so they could stop living in fear. Moving and heartfelt, their stories are interwoven throughout the book to bring all of the medical facts and details to life.

Previvors tackles important subjects high-risk women might face. From navigating health insurance coverage and finding the right medical team to evaluating risk-reducing options and dealing with the emotional ramifications of particular choices, Previvors is an invaluable resource for any woman facing decisions about her risk of cancer and future health.

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About the Book:
PREVIVORS: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions
By Dina Roth Port
Avery Paperback Original
On Sale October 5th, 2010
Price: $16.00

About The Previvors, LLC:
The Previvors, LLC is a group of "previvors" dedicated to providing education and resources to families at risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Their first book, Previvors, in collaboration with author Dina Roth Port, and Previvors iPhone app, an easy and safe mobile experience to determine one's risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, will be available October 2010.

About the Author:
Dina Roth Port served as an assistant health editor at Glamour magazine and as an editor at Parenting. Now a full-time freelance writer, she lives in Boca Raton, FL. To learn more about Dina Roth Port, please visit her website at

About Avery:
Avery, an imprint focusing on health, wellness, fitness, psychology, and popular science, is best known for publishing cutting-edge, but accessible books from the top experts in their fields. Leading the backlist is one of the best-selling health books of all time, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch. Other top sellers include the The Juice Lady's Guide to Juicing for Life by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keene, The New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove and the New York Times bestseller, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson.

Founded in 1976, Avery quickly established itself as the most successful independent publisher of health books in the market. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. acquired it as an imprint in 1999 with a strong commitment to continue publishing respected, up-to-the-minute books with a clear focus on helping people make the most of their lives.

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