Sign in

Your life, sourced by science. A publication from Medium about health and wellness.


In Elemental. More on Medium.

As a previvor — someone with a confirmed genetic risk of cancer — I’m hoping for the best but preparing for the worst

Photo: Apisit Sorin/EyeEm/Getty Images

“Previvor” is one of those words I’d never heard of until I was suddenly thrust into being one myself. I suppose I have technically been a previvor all my life, but I didn’t know it until a genetic test, fueled by anxiety over my family history of cancer, revealed the truth.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store