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March 31, 2009

An Inheritance of Loss

A congressional representative from Florida is raising a nation-wide call for greater awareness of the genetic risks associated with breast cancer. But some people believe that too much early testing is unnecessary.

Lynn Gazley has been living that debate. Lynn wasn't having any luck getting pregnant, so she turned to fertility treatments. Then she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and had to start chemotherapy immediately. Lynn later learned that she carries a gene mutation that made her highly susceptible to developing breast cancer. And it turns out that the fertility treatments may have caused the rapid growth of the cancer. One year, a double mastectomy, and a full hysterectomy later, Lynn talks with Dick Gordon about her new life in her new body, and how her own diagnosis may have saved her mother's life.

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