School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


3 Aug 2018

Human Biology alumna Clarissa nominated in The People's Book Prize competition for breast cancer book

Loughborough University alumna Clarissa Foster has been nominated in "The People's Book Prize Competition" for her book "Understanding BRCA" which was published last year.

Clarissa (who graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Human Biology in 1999) was inspired to write the book when she discovered she was carrying a BRCA gene mutation which dramatically increased the risk of her developing breast and ovarian cancer. 

"I was eager to find a book which would help me to better understand the BRCA gene and the options available to me to try to reduce my risk of cancer. Above all, I wanted to read an open and honest account of another woman’s experience of undergoing risk-reducing surgery. To my surprise, and disappointment, there was no such book available and I felt this needed to change. I made the decision to write this much-needed book, in the hope of helping others around the world.”

The book also includes Clarissa’s physical and emotional experiences of undergoing risk-reducing surgery and the surgically induced menopause that followed.

"Understanding BRCA" has been nominated in The People's Book Prize, a literary competition aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works that is decided exclusively by the public.

To support Clarissa in the competition, you can vote here