BABYLON - A young Long Island woman spoke to News 12 today about her brave decision to have a double mastectomy.
Dana Rasmussen, 32, made the same choice Angelina Jolie publicly revealed she made in a New York Times op-ed piece.
Rasmussen says every female in her family was diagnosed with cancer between ages 35 to 40, including her grandmother, mother and aunt.
Rasmussen’s mother encouraged her and her sister to get tested for the gene. That is when Rasmussen says she eventually learned that while her sister tested negative, she did carry the BRCA 1 gene.
Rasmussen says she put off surgery for years, but in January went ahead with a double mastectomy as a preventative measure.
Testing for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes can be costly, at more than $3,000 in the United States. Rasmussen says her insurance covered everything.
Rasmussen tells News 12 she is not out of the woods yet, she still has one more surgery to go before her breast reconstruction is complete.
For more on double mastectomy procedure, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.