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More than 250,000 women under the age of 40 in the U.S. are breast cancer survivors, and Christina Applegate considers herself lucky to be one of them. After undergoing genetic testing and learning she had a mutation in the BRCA 1 gene, making her more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, Christina's doctor ordered a variety of screening tests, including an MRI, which try to detect cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Christina's MRI detected her cancer and saved her life.
Christina appreciates the great expense associated with breast cancer screening and treatment and the unfortunate reality that many women aren't undergoing genetic testing or having screenings like MRIs because of the financial burdens and insurance limitations. As a survivor, Christina, through Right Action for Women, is committed to helping women access the information and tests they need to beat this disease.
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