Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to get a preventative double mastectomy is getting a lot of attention in Central New York.
Rachel Francisco of Camillus has been watching the story with great interest. A mother of three children, Rachel tested positive for the Braca 1 gene when she was about 25-years-old.
Just before she turned 30, Rachel had a double mastectomy even though she didn't have cancer. With a strong history of breast cancer in her family, Rachel says it was one of the best decisions of her life.
Since she tested positive for the breast cancer gene, two of her friends have developed breast cancer, and one died from it.
Those who carry the gene have an 85 percent chance of developing breast cancer. The surgery has reduced Rachel's chances to about 2 percent and she doesn't need yearly mammograms anymore. A woman without the gene has about a 20 percent chance of developing breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Rachel joined us for the Talk Tonight on NBC3 to share her story with others.