Woman participates in Information is Power, shares her story with Lean Magazine

LEAN‘s spring issue featured a story by writer Sarah Schmidt about two Alabama women who were taking advantage of HudsonAlpha & Kailos Genetics‘ free breast cancer genetic screening for 30-year olds. Here, Schmidt follows up with one of those women after she receives her test results and learns what it means for her future.

“No variants of known clinical significance,” thus began the findings of Andrea Williams’ genetic test results for breast cancer, signaling a huge sigh of relief and a relaxed smile that brightened her whole face.

But almost immediately, the smile turned serious as 30-year old Williams posed questions about exactly what this meant. Given the long history of breast cancer on both sides of her family, Williams realized the negative genetic test did not mean she was completely out of the woods.

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