After losing both parents to cancer at an early age, Sarah decided to undergo testing for the cancer-causing BRCA gene. Not only was she BRCA positive, further testing showed she already had Stage 2 breast cancer at age 32.

Most women in their 30s aren’t thinking about breast cancer. After all, most doctors don’t recommend yearly mammograms until age 40, so other than the occasional self-breast exam or assessment during a yearly gynecologist visit, most young women don’t give it much thought. Age is on their side. But, there are young women like Sarah, 36, from Easton, who are exceptions to the rule because of unfortunate and uncontrollable genetic predispositions.