E-mail this story
If you have 'the gene,' what are your options?
Q: I'm 31 and have tested positive for the breast cancer "gene" (BRCA1), and I have a family history of breast cancer. I don't feel comfortable with the idea of prophylactic mastectomy at this time. Are there other things I can do to prevent cancer without surgery? Is there an age when I should definitely consider a mastectomy?
By Dr. Judy C. Boughey, Mayo Clinic
September 25, 2013