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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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