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Iowa woman gets double mastectomy & hysterectomy to lower cancer risk

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An Iowa woman has taken substantial measures to get ahead of cancer after finding out she had a high risk of getting it. 

Betsy Harrison's mom died of breast cancer at just 51-years-old. 

"I was 23 when my mom died of cancer I was a senior in high school when she was diagnosed," Harrison says. 

She decided to do genetic testing in January to find out her risk and the results informed her she had a hereditary gene that put her at a very high risk of getting cancer. 

"You can't always be in control but there are things you can control or you can just react to the situation the best way possible," Harrison says. 

With her own children in mind she got a full hysterectomy, a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. 

  "With those surgeries I have lessened my chance of getting cancer specifically breast and ovarian cancer from almost 85% down to below the general population," Harrison says. 

In addition to sharing her story, she is giving back. 

As Founder & CEO of Betsy Boo's Boutique, an online boutique with it's warehouse based in Fairfax, she and her company have helped donate more than $2,000 to the American Cancer Society this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Harrison suggest others who have a high risk of getting cancer be proactive. 

"You don't even have to go to the extent that I've gone, you know you can be put on high risk notice and do more testing more frequently you know with mammograms, blood work, that sort of thing just to stay on top of it," she told us. 

The American Cancer Society suggests women get mammograms every year beginning at age 45 and up until 55 where there is the option to get them every two years. 



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