Jenni DeSilva learned she had the PALB2 mutation through a genetic test provided through her husband’s medical sales job. Herself being in medical sales, Jenni understood the importance of getting multiple consults from various doctors on what to do. Ultimately, she decided to have a double mastectomy because she “felt like I had a target on my back, like I was just waiting for it to come.” Eventually, she will also need a hysterectomy.
Though no substantial family history of breast cancer was known to Jenni, testing allowed her to understand her mutation came from her maternal grandfather. It’s developments in genetic testing that prove “knowledge is power” and even motivated Jenni to change her career to work for Castle Biosciences, which focuses on genetic testing panels, specifically for cancer.
Jenni remains adamant that the key to a successful treatment plan is “finding the best team and knowing you have support behind you. No one is holding your hand in healthcare. It is 100% up to you so don’t skip the appointments, get the scans, get the bloodwork. Be proactive. Nearly all cancers are treatable if caught early.