Preventing cancer: making a difficult decision

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Katy Finney made the decision to have a hysterectomy and double mastectomy at age 33 after learning she was genetically predisposed to breast cancer.

Finney’s mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 32 years of age and died 15 years later. Two of her mom’s sisters have had breast cancer. Finney and many of her cousins decided to get tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Finney’s test came back positive for a lesser known mutation.

Finney and her doctor, Thomas Heck from the Gem City Surgical Breast Care Center, joined Katie Ussin on Five on 2 to talk about the decision and the surgery.

Finney had the procedures in June and is currently in the reconstruction phase of her journey. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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