Book review – Probably Someday Cancer (Spoiler Free)

“What are you afraid of?” she asked.

I paused before answering. How much time did she have?

“Everything,” I said.

  • Title: Probably Someday Cancer: Genetic Risk and Preventative Mastectomy
  • Author: Kim Horner 
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publication date: April 1, 2019

I wanted to read Probably Someday Cancer for a while now. I thought it would be an interesting read since I have some cancer in my family.

In the book, Kim has a genetic mutation, which means she and her family—if they also have the mutation—has a significant increase to get breast and ovarian cancer. She has to decide whether to get a double mastectomy to decrease her chances of cancer or to stay under constant surveillance.

I liked her journey. No one I know has gotten a heads-up that they might have cancer like that before. They usually find out after it has already grown big enough to notice. It’s interesting to see Kim’s journey from that different perspective.

The book was more researched based than I thought it would be. I thought it’d have more scenes between the family with some hard conversations, and I honestly was still wanting some of that toward the end. I tended to glaze over the research when it stacked up a lot.

Overall, I enjoyed reading through her journey. It’s not a point of view people hear from often, and it’s an important one. I’d recommend this quick read.

Score: 7.5/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.83/5

2 thoughts on “Book review – Probably Someday Cancer (Spoiler Free)

  1. I agree — the prospect of a future when we know early on that we are at elevated risk of cancer is almost certain to save countless lives. This is an easy new technology to get behind! Thank you for a great review, Robin!

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