Mich. woman, 20, choosing preventative double mastectomy - KMSP-TV

Mich. woman, 20, choosing preventative double mastectomy

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Kelly Rothe, 20 Kelly Rothe, 20
(WJBK) - Kelly Rothe is just 20 years old and is making a decision that will not only change her life, but perhaps save it. She will be the youngest patient at Beaumont Hospital to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

"I have the BRCA1 gene, which means my lifetime risk of breast cancer is 87 percent," Rothe says. Her mother and aunt both died from breast cancer.

"They tell you the recommended age to do this [surgery] is 30. I knew i wouldn't wait that long," she says.

Beaumont Breast Oncologist Dr. Nayana Dekhne gave Rothe options, saying at her age her risk for breast cancer is very low but Rothe was persistent and believes her mom would be proud of her choice.

Rothe's surgery is on Friday. 
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