Included in the story was BFFL Co Founder and CEO Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, who underwent the prophylactic procedure because her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all had breast cancer.
Many women carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, which can increase the risk of breast cancer by up to 80% and the risk of ovarian cancer by 45%. This prompts many women to decide to remove their breasts even before any signs of cancer. Those who test positive for the mutations also have a 50% chance of passing the gene to their children.
To learn more about the stories of these courageous ladies, read: Before Angelina: Portraits of Breast Cancer Previvors and Survivors.