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At 32 years old, Kristen Adams has made a big decision. A Katy mother of
two and bootcamp fitness instructor, she has taken on all the risks of major
surgery and opted to remove both breasts, even though she's perfectly healthy.
Similar to the BRCA gene actress Angelina Jolie famously battled with a double
mastectomy, the CHEK2 gene mutation allows cells to grow and divide rapidly in
an uncontrolled way, often leading to tumors. Yet, unlike BRCA testing that's
been around for 20 years, Dr. Liz Lee, a breast surgeon affiliated with Memorial
Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, says doctors added the CHEK2 gene to
testing panels just a few years ago.