Sisters Tammy Wulterkems, left, and Tracey Young laugh as they hold a picture of themselves with shaved heads at Tracey's home in Ashwaubenon Oct. 17, 2013. The two shaved their heads when Tracey was being treated for breast cancer eight years ago. Tammy underwent a preventative double mastectomy because of a breast cancer gene that runs in their family.
Tracey Young wasn't shocked to learn she had breast cancer at age 37. In fact, it was sort of expected.
That's because the Ashwaubenon mother had recently learned that a female cousin and uncle also had the disease, which she feared was hereditary.
That was in 2005, and now several members of Young's family - including cousins and siblings - have since tested positive for a gene mutation that drastically increases the risk of developing breast cancer, which is the spread of abnormal cells that starts in breast tissue. Young credits the testing with helping her relatives make potentially ...