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Thursday, December 19, 2013

20-Year-Old Decides On Double Mastectomy After Gene Test

Kelly Rothe and her younger sister, Samantha. They're holding a letter written for Kelly by their mother before she died. (Kate Wells/Michigan Radio)

Kelly Rothe and her younger sister, Samantha. They’re holding a letter written for Kelly by their mother before she died. (Kate Wells/Michigan Radio)

Thanks to genetic testing, young women in their twenties — or even their teens — can now find out whether they have the gene mutation associated with a high risk of breast cancer.

That could be part of why more young women are getting mastectomies, often against doctors’ advice.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio brings us one young woman’s story.


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  • jpd

    The only ticking time bomb is your diet. That “bomb” is dismantled by changing your diet. Stop eating fried food, oils, nitrates and nitrites. Use low heat when cooking. Don’t avoid fat and meat, just avoid overheating it. Find out if you are gluten sensitive. Quit advising women to get mastectomies. When they find out it was unnecessary, they will not be able to undo it. You will be blamed for misleading them, and you could find yourself in legal hot water. Diets can be changed at any time, mastectomies cannot…

  • Koichi Ito

    Why does Asians was lowest percentage of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation gene among cancer patients?

    • ClaraThomas

      Possibly because their diets and lifestyles are killing them as they do in the West.

      The worst diet on the planet is right here in the US. The Standard

      American Diet(SAD) of overprocessed, fragmented, devitalized, chemicalized, GMO ladened, dead and stale material which passes as food.

      Americans are overfed and undernourished. Diseases of deficiency run rampant across the land.

      Do not alcohol, aluminum, aspartame, caffeine, canola, chlorine, fluoride, cow’s milk, malathion, mercury, nitrites, Nutrasweet, Neotame, tobacco, sucralose, sugar and vaccinations constitute biological and chemical warfare against us.

      Let’s blame all these health problems on your genes and ignore the foods you ingest and the environment you live in.
      The “gene” label doesn’t cut it. Its a cop out, an excuse not to look any further into the problem.

  • ClaraThomas

    Getting back to this gene test nonsense.

    I recall this from reading some material from Dr. Denis Burkitt back in the mid 1970′s.

    His work was featured in Dr. David Reuben’s How To Save Your Life Diet. Dr. Burkitt introduced the world to the benefits of fiber into the diet among other things.

    “People love genetics as an explanation for disease. If a disease is said to be genetic, you don’t have to do anything about it. However, if a disease has an environmental cause, the individual, whether a patient or clinician has a responsibility for making the change or changes to eliminate or control the disease.” —Denis P. Burkitt

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