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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 October, 2004, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Breast op for cancer risk mother
Jax Thynne
Jax Thynne's mother and grandmother died in their early 60s
A Sussex woman who watched her mother and grandmother die from breast cancer is to have a double mastectomy even though she does not have the disease.

Jax Thynne, from Hove, is having the surgery as she does not want her son to see the same thing happen to her.

She has decided to have both her healthy breasts removed as her own chances of getting the disease are far higher because it runs in her family.

She said it was not extreme: "I see them as something waiting to happen."

Charity swim

"I've seen the hurt it causes families, friends and everyone around you, and I don't want my son to go through the life that I've had.

"He's already experienced it with his nana and I don't want him to see it with his mum," the 40-year-old mother said.

Her grandmother developed breast cancer and had a mastectomy in her early 40s, and died from the disease at the age of 62.

History was repeated with her mother, who died from secondary breast cancer aged 61.

Her 13-year-old son Josh is behind her all the way and is also planning to do his bit to fight cancer by swimming around the Palace Pier in Brighton this Sunday to raise cash for the Nigel Porter Unit at the Royal Sussex Hospital.

"I think she's brave, because she is hitting it straight on instead of going round it," he said.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in Britain, with about 38,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

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