Michelle Heaton was recently diagnosed with a rare mutated gene that increases her odds of breast and ovarian cancers - she shares her story with us.
Three months ago Michelle was diagnosed with a mutated gene called BRCA 2. This means she has an 85% chance of developing breast cancer and 30-40% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Faulty BRCA genes cause around 5% of breast cancer cases. So it is relatively rare, but it still affects 2,000-3,000 breast cancer patients each year.
She meets other ladies who have the gene to see what their thoughts on the condition are and talk about how they came to their decisions to have preventative surgery (double mastectomy and their ovaries removed).
Michelle is hoping that meeting the women will help her take a step closer to making the hard decision on whether to have a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed before she tries to have another baby.