Mom of 5 Underwent Double Mastectomy and Hysterectomy… By Mistake

We all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer.

While many people live active and healthy lifestyles, they can still have a high risk factor to develop cancer such as a family history.

Risk factors often influence the development of cancer but don’t directly cause cancer. Some people with several risk factors never develop cancer, while others with no known risk factors do.

We can only do our best is living a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent illness, and hope for the best. We also put our trust and faith in our doctors to ensure that we are healthy, and to treat any health issues that creep up.

During an annual exam in 2015, Elisha Cooke-Moore received genetic testing to determine her risk of breast and other cancer.

The 36-year-old mother expressed concerns to her doctor regarding a family history of cancer, so it was agreed she would be tested for a BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutation.

The news wasn’t good.

Cooke-Moore had been told she had cancer-causing genes. Her obstetrician-gynecologist noted that the results of her genetic testing showed she had a 50 percent chance of getting breast cancer and up to an 80 percent chance of getting uterine cancer.

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Mom of five thought she had high risk of cancer

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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