05/15/2013 12:04 pm ET

I Have The BRCA Mutations, But Unlike Angelina Jolie, I Can't Afford A Preventive Mastectomy


I’m lucky.

Due to a quirk of circumstance, I got free counseling and genetic testing for BRCA mutations, those little twists of genetics that make you more vulnerable to breast cancer. A 2001 study (conducted close to the time I got my testing) at the Lombardi Cancer Center noted that people could expect to pay around $2,000 for genetic testing and counseling.

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