Some Women Choose Double Mastectomies to Guard Against Breast Cancer

April 7, 2009

The Washington Post

Karen Aulner, 36, has never been given a diagnosis of cancer. She has, however, been watching her older sister fight the disease since 2000. So when Aulner tested positive in 2004 for a gene mutation that put her at high risk of breast cancer, she asked her doctor to remove both of her healthy breasts.

"My sister was the healthiest person I ever knew," Aulner says. "She's slender, she worked out all the time, she loved fruits and vegetables -- and she's dying. If I could not have that happen to me? Heck, yeah." Read More