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Preventative Measures Against Breast Cancer

By Allison Norlian

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Starlet Angelina Jolie recently announced her decision to undergo a double mastectomy due to a cancerous causing genetic mutation that affects 5-10% of women. So how does this affect you?

Breast cancer is a disease that many women see within their life time and that is why preventative measures are taken for every woman at the age of forty by receiving an annual mammogram, but that does not mean genetic testing is for everyone.

According to Suzy Burns, a Registered Nurse and Nurse Navigator at Faxton- St. Lukes hospital, women should not be reactionary to Jolie's news but should educate themselves on their family history and talk to their physicians. She also has a very important message for all women.

Burns said, "Sometimes people think that the more dramatic you go in your decision to get your breast removed as opposed to breast conservation and doing radiation that their change of developing breast cancer is less and actually it's the same thing. Women have to be aware just as Angelina Jolie said in her interview that she knows she is still at risk."

Burns also said genetic testing can cost up to $3,000 and most insurance companies will cover the testing as long as you prove it through your families genealogy history.

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