Email The Drum By Elise Worthington Updated June 30, 2015 13:08:43 Sorry, this video has expired Video: ABC reporter discusses facing up to genetic cancer risk (7pm TV News QLD) Photo: Elise Worthington with her mother At the age of 24 I was told I carried the BRCA1 gene mutation and had a high risk of genetic cancer. I discovered deciding what to do next surprisingly difficult, writes Elise Worthington.The tragic death of young ovarian cancer sufferer Elisha Neave highlights the heartbreaking decision faced by young women who find out they carry a high risk of genetic cancer.The 36-year-old’s story made national headlines when she spoke out about her choice not to undergo preventative surgery, and delay removing her breasts and ovaries after she found out she carried the BRCA2 gene. While her two older sisters had preventative surgery, she decided she was too young and wanted another child before making the decision.When actress Angelina Jolie made the decision to publicly speak about her BRCA1 status and decision to have a prophylactic double mastectomy to prevent cancer I thought it seemed like a sensible, logical decision, one I would surely choose if I were in her position.But when just a… Read full this story
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