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FNS Photo by David Samson Anne Roberts of Moorhead, Minn., talks about her decision to have her breasts removed after being diagnosed with the gene that made her a high risk for developing breast cancer.

A chance to pre-empt disease: Sanford Health bringing genetic medicine into primary care

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By Patrick Springer

Forum News Service

FARGO — Anne Roberts considers herself a breast cancer “previvor.”

After learning that she inherited a gene that placed her at very high risk — and knowing her family history was riddled with cancer — she opted for preventive surgery, a double mastectomy.

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Patrick Springer
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