A young woman is preparing for major surgery to avoid the cancer which claimed her mum and auntie.
Emily Ranner has now had the go-ahead to have a double mastectomy to protect herself from breast cancer.
Every woman on her mum’s side of the family for two generations has been affected by the disease, apart from two who have had the radical operation.
After months of tests and appointments, Emily now hopes to have the surgery early next year.
The 26-year-old said: “Everybody I’ve spoken to has been fantastically supportive. It’s made me feel quite confident in the whole process.”
Emily, from Birstall, near Leeds, lost her mum Shelley to breast cancer when she was nine. Her aunt – who had been diagnosed at the same time – died 10 years later while her grandma and great aunt have also had the disease.
The only close relative on her mum’s side left unaffected is her other aunt, who underwent the double mastectomy operation over 10 years ago.
After the YEP reported her story last year, Emily has seen genetics experts, who haven’t been able to identify a problematic gene but say she is at high risk due to her strong family history.
Since then she has been referred to a specialist unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, where she will undergo the mastectomy and reconstruction during the same procedure.
She is due to see a specialist again in a few weeks and then should get a date for surgery: “It seemed like a daunting thing, but it’s not,” she said.
Emily has now started a blog to share her experiences and offer support to others – log on to http://byebyebadboobs.wordpress.com.