Rare Cancer: Decision to remove healthy stomach daunts family fearful of mutation

Jemma Caprioli is preparing to undergo radical surgery to remove what could be her perfectly healthy stomach.

When she was about 20 years old, Ms Caprioli and her older brother learned they carried a genetic mutation for a rare and aggressive cancer that killed 12 members of their family, including their much-loved uncle months earlier.

Their mother had also developed microscopic traces of the stomach cancer known as hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC), and had her stomach removed almost immediately.

“My brother and I were so young when we found out we had this mutation … it’s a very daunting thing to be forced to confront,” Ms Caprioli said. Read more… 

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