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GENETIC TESTING THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. HERE’S NBC NEWS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. HERE’S NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT HERE’S NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES. MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES.>>Reporter: ASHLEY DR. JOHN TORRES.>>Reporter: ASHLEY RIVERA NEVER THOUGHT>>Reporter: ASHLEY RIVERA NEVER THOUGHT SHE WAS AT RISK FOR RIVERA NEVER THOUGHT SHE WAS AT RISK FOR BREAST CANCER. SHE WAS AT RISK FOR BREAST CANCER. BUT WHEN THE TEXAS BREAST CANCER. BUT WHEN THE TEXAS MOTHER DEVELOPED STAGE BUT WHEN THE TEXAS MOTHER DEVELOPED STAGE 3 CANCER AT AGE 28, MOTHER DEVELOPED STAGE 3 CANCER AT AGE 28, DOCTORS BEGAN TO 3 CANCER AT AGE 28, DOCTORS BEGAN TO WONDER, WHAT’S IN HER DOCTORS BEGAN TO WONDER, WHAT’S IN HER GENES? WONDER, WHAT’S IN HER GENES?>>NOBODY BELIEVED IT GENES?>>NOBODY BELIEVED IT COULD HAPPEN THIS>>NOBODY BELIEVED IT COULD HAPPEN THIS YOUNG. COULD HAPPEN THIS YOUNG.>>Reporter: TURNS OUT YOUNG.>>Reporter: TURNS OUT ASHLEY HAS A MUTATION>>Reporter: TURNS OUT ASHLEY HAS A MUTATION IN A GENE CALLED ASHLEY HAS A MUTATION IN A GENE CALLED BRACA, WHICH IN A GENE CALLED BRACA, WHICH DRAMATICALLY RAISES BRACA, WHICH DRAMATICALLY RAISES THE RISK FOR BREAST DRAMATICALLY RAISES THE RISK FOR BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCERS. THE RISK FOR BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCERS.>>I FELT I DIDN’T AND OVARIAN CANCERS.>>I FELT I DIDN’T CARE ABOUT ME AT THAT>>I FELT I DIDN’T CARE ABOUT ME AT THAT POINT. CARE ABOUT ME AT THAT POINT. I HAD THREE KIDS AT POINT. I HAD THREE KIDS AT THAT MOMENT THAT COULD I HAD THREE KIDS AT THAT MOMENT THAT COULD HAVE THE GENE AS WELL. THAT MOMENT THAT COULD HAVE THE GENE AS WELL.>>Reporter: NOW A HAVE THE GENE AS WELL.>>Reporter: NOW A PRESTIGIOUS PANEL OF>>Reporter: NOW A PRESTIGIOUS PANEL OF DOCTORS RECOMMENDS ALL PRESTIGIOUS PANEL OF DOCTORS RECOMMENDS ALL SURVIVORS OF BREAST DOCTORS RECOMMENDS ALL SURVIVORS OF BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCERS SURVIVORS OF BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCERS SHOULD TALK TO THEIR AND OVARIAN CANCERS SHOULD TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR ABOUT GETTING SHOULD TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR ABOUT GETTING TESTED FOR THE GENE DOCTOR ABOUT GETTING TESTED FOR THE GENE MUTATION. TESTED FOR THE GENE MUTATION. AND SO SHOULD WOMEN MUTATION. AND SO SHOULD WOMEN WITH ANCESTRIES PRONE AND SO SHOULD WOMEN WITH ANCESTRIES PRONE TO THE MUTATION LIKE WITH ANCESTRIES PRONE TO THE MUTATION LIKE ASHKANAZI JEWS. TO THE MUTATION LIKE ASHKANAZI JEWS.>>IT IS IMPORTANT TO ASHKANAZI JEWS.>>IT IS IMPORTANT TO WIDEN THE NET TO WOMEN>>IT IS IMPORTANT TO WIDEN THE NET TO WOMEN WITH A’s FAMILY WIDEN THE NET TO WOMEN WITH A’s FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST WITH A’s FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER TO WOMEN WITH A HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER TO WOMEN WITH A PERSONAL HISTORY OF CANCER TO WOMEN WITH A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER WHO HAVE PERSONAL HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY BREAST CANCER WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY TREATED. BEEN SUCCESSFULLY TREATED.>>Reporter: ASHLEY IS TREATED.>>Reporter: ASHLEY IS NOW GETTING SCREENED>>Reporter: ASHLEY IS NOW GETTING SCREENED FOR OVARIAN CANCER NOW GETTING SCREENED FOR OVARIAN CANCER EVERY THREE MONTHS. FOR OVARIAN CANCER EVERY THREE MONTHS. EVENTUALLY SHE’LL HAVE EVERY THREE MONTHS. EVENTUALLY SHE’LL HAVE HER OVARIES REMOVED. EVENTUALLY SHE’LL HAVE HER OVARIES REMOVED. GIVING THEM A CHANCE HER OVARIES REMOVED. GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO SAVE THEIR LIVES GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO SAVE THEIR LIVES AND THEIR CHILDREN’S, TO SAVE THEIR LIVES AND THEIR CHILDREN’S, TOO. AND THEIR CHILDREN’S, TOO.>>AND DR. TORRES TOO.>>AND DR. TORRES JOINS US NOW.>>AND DR. TORRES JOINS US NOW. JOHN, DOES INSURANCE JOINS US NOW. JOHN, DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF THIS JOHN, DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF THIS TEST? COVER THE COST OF THIS TEST?>>Reporter: LESTER TEST?>>Reporter: LESTER WHEN THE BLUE RIBBON>>Reporter: LESTER WHEN THE BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE OFFERS TO WHEN THE BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE OFFERS TO PAY FOR THIS TEST, ANY

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