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Decision to Remove Healthy Breast Is Personal
Now in her mid-40s, Tamara Barnes already has beat cancer twice — once as a teenager and once as a mother of two young children.

As a teenager, Barnes had Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer that affects soft tissue or bone. After 18 months of chemotherapy and surgery, she was cancer-free.

Years later, when her second child was about 18 months old, Barnes had her first routine mammogram. Although the test found abnormalities and lumps in her right breast, Barnes wasn’t worried and neither was her doctor.

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