My wife is a previvor.
You may have not heard of the word, but it’s being used more frequently to describe those who do not have cancer but have a high risk of developing it because of a genetic mutation.
With advances in medical science, a test now can be done to determine if an individual has the gene mutation.
My wife took the test and it was determined she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Like many women facing those statistics, she had to decide whether to try to survive a cancer that could develop or become a previvor and try to prevent the cancer from forming.
"I just didn't feel like those odds were very good for me; that it was inevitable I was going to get it. So I wanted to cure myself,” she said.
By choosing the previvor route, she underwent surgeries that drastically reduce her risk of developing cancers.
On Thursday, October 27 on NewsChannel 5 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. we’ll take an in-depth, personal look at this new method of fighting cancers. We’ll examine the decisions patients are facing, and the emotional questions they and their families must address.
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