DCIS, one of the early stages of breast cancer just as she was preparing for her wedding. After lesser treatment was not helping, Kate then received a double mastectomy by the advice of her doctor. Like actress Angelina Jolie, Payne was first showed the presence of a ATM mutation in a blood test also known as the BRCA gene which has shown an elevated risk of breast cancer from 20 to 60 percent as high. Kate states it is the patient's responsibility to be tested, especially because she has had experience with doctors who do not believe this type pf testing is necessary because not everyone with this type of mutation develops breast cancer. This article goes to show there are many different opinions within the field of genetics, and it is best to find a professional who agrees with your beliefs to get the best care possible. I do think it is up to the patient if they wish to go through extensive testing for these types of cancers, especially if they run through the family.
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