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Buddy Check: Beating the BRCA 1 mutation

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Genetic testing has brought new hope to those who have a long history of breast cancer in their families. Science has been able to narrow down the exact gene mutation that gives people a higher risk of having breast cancer. It’s now commonly known as the ‘Angelina Gene’. In May 2013 Hollywood’s it-girl Angelina Jolie announced that she had gone through a double mastectomy after learning that she had the BRCA 1 mutation. According to her doctors her chances of getting breast cancer were 87 percent. It’s a scarey number that 26-year old Allison Saylor shares in common with the starlet.<br /> <br />&quot;My sister and I kind of grew up with the thought that eventually we would have breast cancer after our aunt had passed away from it, and our mom had gone through that&quot;, said Allison.<br />Allison’s mother Susan Saylor is a 20 year breast cancer survivor, but 1 year ago she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and is currently going through treatment. Susan’s latest diagnosis was an eye opener for Allison and her younger sister Janae.<br />&quot;To watch my mom go through both types of cancer and to know that my aunt passed away; I knew I would do what ever it takes to reduce my risk of going through that&quot;, said Allison.<br />Allison and Janae decided to go through counciling and get genetic testing. They both discovered they had the brca 1 gene mutation. Allison’s risk of getting breast cancer was at a whopping 87 percent. Because her risk was so high, allison decided to go through with a bilateral double mastectomy.<br /> <br />&quot;I am happy to be having the surgery. I want them gone, especially after the scare with something showing up on my MRI&quot;, said Allison.<br />Making light of a difficult situation, Allison is bidding farewell to her breast with a party. The events have become popular and are known as &quot;bye bye boobies&quot; parties. There will be a photobooth, pink champaign, and a burning of the bras.<br />Allison knows the journey through the surgery and reconstruction will be an emotional one, but she has a good idea on what to expect thanks to her sister, who already went through the surgery last year.<br />&quot;You get out of the shower and you look in the mirror and it’s like okay those aren’t going to be there anymore&quot;, said Allison.<br />Allison’s surgery is scheduled for March 9th, and it will lower her risk of breast cancer to just 5 percent. She will wait until her tissue heals and then start the reconstruction process. If you would like information about genetic testing and the brca gene visit our website yourcentralvalley.com and go to the featured links section.<br /> <br /></div>

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