MiamiHerald / Amy Byer Shainman has never had cancer – and, thanks to her proactive decisions, likely never will.

For the last decade, however, the disease has been the driving and defining force in her life.

Since 2008 – right after her older sister Jan Byer’s ovarian cancer diagnosis – this 48-year-old Jupiter, mom of two and wife of WPTV anchorman Jon Shainman has been one of the nation’s most passionate advocates for the prevention of hereditary cancers.

That’s because Jan’s cancer led to Amy learning that, like her sister, she carried the BRCA 1 gene. In hereditary cancer parlance, that makes her a “previvor.”


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