Public Health Adjunct Featured As a Breast Cancer Warrior

Anaeliz “Mina” Colon (pictured far right), adjunct for the department of Public Health, was featured for her work as a breast cancer warrior in the August/September 2019 issue of Generations Magazine. Colon was in high school when her mother, in her early 30s, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Colon’s grandma also had breast cancer so she had a higher risk of developing it. The summer after she graduated college, Colon went through genetic testing and was identified as carrying BRCA2, a genetic mutation linked to breast cancer risk. It was also discovered that her risk of getting breast cancer was 87%. Colon decided to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy. She says “the experience was emotional, but I could not feel luckier now that I had this option.” 

Colon recently started her own website – – due to the desire to interact with and support women in her age group that have gone through the same experience. Colon is involved with the Hawaii chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. If you would like to get involved, please visit

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