Kesha Dozier is a decisive, action-oriented woman, with three children in school, two fine chocolate boutiques, and no time to waste.
She also has a family with a long history of breast cancer. Her mother, her mother’s sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother all had aggressive breast cancer.
She started thinking about her own health at age 16 when her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer; her mother remained a survivor for 15 years. Her mother’s cancer prompted Dozier to have a baseline mammogram at age 26, and she started doing research about genetic testing and preventive mastectomies.
When her daughter was born she became ready to learn more about her actual cancer risk. Kesha decided to stay with Duke, where she already was receiving primary care. At the time, she had been working as a pharmaceutical representative and had gotten a chance to meet several providers. She decided on Victoria Seewaldt, MD, as the breast cancer specialist she wanted to consult.