Probably Someday Cancer
Listen to Kim Horner’s interview on KERA’s Think with Krys Boyd.
After learning that she inherited a BRCA2 genetic mutation that put her
at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, Kim Horner’s doctors urged
her to consider having a double mastectomy. But how do you decide
whether to have a surgery to remove your breasts to reduce your risk for
a disease you don’t have and may never get?
Horner shares her struggle to answer that question in Probably Someday
Cancer. The mother of a one-year-old boy, she wanted to do whatever
would give her the best odds of being around for her son and protect her
from breast cancer, which killed her grandmother and great-grandmother
in their 40s. Which would give her the best chance at a long healthy
life: a double mastectomy or frequent screenings to try to catch any
cancer early? The answers weren’t that simple.
Based on extensive research, interviews, and personal experience, Horner
writes about how and why she ultimately opted for a double
mastectomy—the same decision actress Angelina Jolie made for a similar
genetic mutation—and the surprising diagnosis that followed. The book
explores difficult truths that get overshadowed by upbeat messages about
early detection and survivorship—the fact that screenings can miss
cancers and that even early-stage breast cancers can spread and become
Probably Someday Cancer is about the author’s efforts to push past her
fear and anxiety. This book can help anyone facing hereditary risk of
breast and ovarian cancer feel less alone and make informed decisions to
protect their health and end the devastation that hereditary cancer has
caused for generations in so many families.
“With the ease and comfort of a trusted friend, Kim Horner expertly
takes you through her personal journey, sharing her thoughts and
evolution around the difficult decisions that she had to make about
genetic counseling, testing, and risk management. This is a moving and
candid memoir.” —–Sue Friedman, Executive Director of