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My mother was diagnosed in her early 30's. I had a maternal aunt diagnosed at 25 and ovarian cancer at some age after the breast cancer diagnosis. An additional maternal aunt was diagnosed at 22 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a later age. A third maternal aunt was diagnosed in her early 40's. In addition, I have a 1st cousin diagnosed at 45 and two 2nd cousins diagnosed in their 30's.

After losing my mother at 49, I decided to test for the gene. I carry a genetic change in the BRCA1 gene. I have a significantly increased chance of developing breast cancer. I chose to have a prophylactic bi-lateral mastectomy & reconstruction at 26.

Shannon Douglas-Gordon
Fort Smith, AR

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