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Kathy Steligo is a health writer and author who has more than a nodding acquaintance with breast cancer. Diagnosed twice, she has had five biopsies, two lumpectomies, radiation, sentinel node biopsy, genetic counseling, genetic testing, bilateral mastectomies, tissue expanders, implant reconstruction, a second GAP reconstruction, and tattoos.

The author of 11 books, Kathy's works include the following, all published by Johns Hopkins University Press:



Kathy divides her time between book projects, conducting writing workshops, and helping men and women understand what to expect from mastectomy, the pros and cons of postmastectomy options, and how to decide whether which reconstructive procedure, if any, is right for them. 


Kathy is also Editor-at-Large for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), the de facto voice of the hereditary cancer community. FORCE is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families who face hereditary cancer risk. Along with Sue Friedman, FORCE's founder and Executive Director, and Allison W. Kurian, MD, MsC and director of the Stanford Women's Clinical Cancer Genetics Program, Kathy is co-author of Living with Hereditary Cancer Risk.


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