LAKE ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - A mother and daughter in Lake St. Louis have a scary diagnosis to thank for their deep connection.
When Allie Rodgers was 16, she found a lump in her breast. At 23, she went in for genetic testing.
“I tested positive for BRCA 2,” said Rodgers.
BRCA 2 is a genetic mutation. Women that have BRCA 1 or 2 have about 70 percent chance of getting breast cancer.
Robin Fletcher, her mother said she then got tested and found out that she also is BRCA 2 positive. Both Allie and Robin decided to have their breasts removed.
“They were tested quite a few years ago based on family history,” said Dr. Angie Sqrow with the St. Luke’s Breast Center.
If you have a history of breast or ovarian cancer in your family, if you have breast lumps or breast pain, Sqrow recommends being proactive.
“If you are worried about it, thinking about it, starting talking to your friends about it, just call!” said Sqrow.
Angelina Jolie brought the conversation surrounding BRCA mutations to the mainstream. Jolie had her breasts removed after finding out she tested positive for BRCA.
The St. Luke’s walks women through testing treatment and reconstruction.