MACON, Georgia (41NBC / WMGT) – A mother of Warner Robins says she has a family history of breast cancer and makes sure that the story does not recur. Victoria Sanders was not diagnosed with breast cancer but she takes precautionary measures through a double mastectomy.
After Sanders lost both sisters to cancer, she wanted to stop her from happening. She says she is funny about the word "luck". It is not for someone who tells you, but it is for you that you become aware of yourself. Today, Sanders calls himself "happiness."
"My twin sister died of breast cancer, which metastasized to the bone. My older sister, 7 years my senior, died at the age of 45. She said.
Sanders knew she did not want her family history of breast cancer to recur.
"There's literally no reason to worry, so I've been there from the start. There's nothing to worry about, you're only concerned with the facts of the day, "Sanders said.
In February, they proposed a genetic test to their doctor.
" Try genetic testing, especially in the context of hereditary cancer syndromes To identify patients who hit certain triggers. Some of these triggers may have an early cancer history in the past, or [patients] could only have a strong family history, "said director of the Coliseum Cancer Center, Dr. Danielle Rogers.
A few weeks later, Rogers of Coliseum Medical Centers admitted Sanders Pill that was hard to swallow.
"I drove back then, I had it on the speaker, I said that's a bit too much to take. Can I call? you back? I have to deal with this because she told me the results were positive, "Sanders said.
" Breast cancer risk was up to 84 percent during lifetime compared to 10 to 12 percent, "Dr. Rogers said. 19659003] Sanders' doctor advised her to consider a double mastectomy.
"I said, 'Done'. I do not need a second opinion. He told me to take off my breasts, so take off my breasts, "Sanders said.
She had never guessed her decision a second time.
" If I do not take off my breasts, the alternate route will be every six months do a check-up and keep an eye on things, "she said.
Sanders knows her twin, Penny, is proud of her.
"Instead of being a victim, I said, God, I am so happy. "Wow, some people do not even know it and I knew and I could make a choice," she said.
Sanders had double mastectomy in June. She says she wants to do this for her husband, children, sisters, but most of all for herself.
Dr. Rogers says that when they do genetic testing, they are not sure which patients with mutations will develop cancer. They only know that the risk is different.