KC woman considers options after testing positive for genetic mutation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Angelina Jolie's typically the picture of glamour, which is why it may have come as a surprise that she shared such a relatable and heart-felt op-ed in the New York Times about her decision to have a double mastectomy.

Twenty-two-year-old Taylor Nared knows she may one day have to face a similar decision.

"It was just a blood test, and I came out positive, and I found that out in January," Nared said.

She says she has about ten years to decide her course of action, but she's happy she knows.

"It's better to know now than years down the road where I could have maybe prevented something earlier," Nared explained.

Before you have the genetic testing done, doctors will ask you about your family history.  The age of your relatives is a factor, and if-and-when they got sick.

You'll also likely have to answer more detailed questions about your family history from a genetic counselor.

Without insurance the test can cost upwards of $3,000.

The National Cancer Institute estimates the mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes only account for five to ten percent of breast cancer.

Still Nared is taking no chances.  At 22 she says she's already getting her first mammogram in a few months.

"It's a positive thing.  It's a step to preventing," she said.

National Cancer Institute website.

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