Shannon Donohoe

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Dr. Virginia Kaklamani, an oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, may have found a gene variation that could predict a risk of breast cancer in women with no previous family history of the disease.  According to her research, at the cellular level, women may be born with different characteristics in the adiponectin gene that could alter its function and increase the risk of breast cancer.

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When 33-year-old Joanna Rudnick found out she had genetic mutation that gave her an extremely high risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, the risk was not all she was scared about. 

"My biggest fear when I found out I was positive was, ‘How am I ever going to tell this to a partner?’" Rudnick said.