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Healthy Mum Chooses Double Mastectomy

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 20th October 2014

A healthy Helston mum has told Pirate FM how she chose to have a double mastectomy, even though she does not have breast cancer.

Becky Cross has a gene which means there is an 80% chance she would get it.

The thirty year old decided to have the operation to be safe.

She told Pirate FM: "It's not a choice really I think anyone wants to make - especially because it's what makes you a woman.

"I just think it's worthwhile me being around for my children. Making a decision like that is never going to be easy, it's not one you can turn around to somebody and say 'just do it.' You just have to do what's right for you and your family.

Becky's aunt and gran have faced their own battle with the disease - so she got herself tested for BRCA2, the faulty gene that makes the carrier more susceptible.

The results confirmed her worst fears: "I kind of always thought I would have the gene because I am so much like my mum so it wasn't a huge shock. Having had health problems from an early age, needing a kidney transplant, I was kind of prepared for the worst news."

She had surgery at Treliske in January to have both breasts removed and is now fundraising for the hospital's Mermaid Centre, which helps women with the disease or who may be at risk from it.

She is holding a day of fundraising on Friday at her hair salon, Head Rush, on Coinagehall Street.

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