My father. My aunt. My grandmother. All three of these very important people died from pancreatic cancer. Familial, you think? Researchers do, which is why I recently enrolled in a study at the University of Washington led by Dr. Terry Brentnall, one of the country’s leading experts in the field. On Thursday, February 10th, I underwent an endoscopic ultrasound procedure in order to set a baseline for my pancreatic health. The beauty shots of my pancreas came back with flying colors–whew!–and I’ll go back in a year for another round.

We may not know everything about cancer, but let’s take advantage of the information that’s out there. If you or a friend have a history of familial cancer, don’t wait. Do something today. Join me in telling cancer to take a hike.